October 22 launch date

Microsoft has confirmed that its latest operating system, Windows 7, will launch October 22.  Just in time for the holiday shopping season.

Microsoft will put Windows 7 on store shelves and computer makers will have systems ready to sell with Vista’s successor on Oct. 22, the company confirmed today.

Until today, Microsoft had been coy about naming a release date for Windows 7, although it edged toward a timetable last month. Both Bill Veghte, the senior vice president who runs the Windows Business unit, and Steven Sinofsky, the senior vice president of the Windows engineering group, said then that Windows 7 was on track for the holiday selling season, and would make the final milestone — called “release to manufacturing,” or RTM — in mid-August. Today, however, other company spokespersons said Microsoft is shooting for RTM by the end of July.

This isn’t the first time that October has been named as the likely ship date for Microsoft’s new OS. In an interview last month, an Acer executive based in the U.K. said “October 23 is the date that Windows 7 will be available.” The executive, Bobby Watkins, the managing director of Acer’s U.K. operations, also confirmed that customers who bought a Vista-powered computer from the company in the 30 days leading up to Oct. 23 would receive a free upgrade to Windows 7.

Also if you have purchase a computer with Windows in the months leading up to the official launch date there will be “special deals” for upgrading to Windows 7.

Microsoft will also offer discounted or free upgrades to Windows 7 to users who buy PCs in the months leading up to the operating system’s launch in a program dubbed “Windows Upgrade Option,” a company spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Cross-posted at Try 2 Focus.


About brvanlanen

Just a thirty-something guy currently hanging it up in the greater Green Bay area. My post-high school educational background is mainly in the Information Technology field. Specifically I have an A.A.S. in Computer Network Systems and a B.S. in Information Systems Security, both from ITT Technical Institute, in addition to A and MCDST certifications. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking and sports. My Christian faith is also important to me as a Missouri-Synod Lutheran and all my children attend a Lutheran grade school. When it comes to political leanings I am a conservative first and foremost which you will discover rather quickly. As for sports I am a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers.

Posted on June 3, 2009, in Microsoft, PC, Technology, Windows, Windows 7. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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