Tuesday, May 12th 2009

Windows 7 to Hit Retail This Holiday Season

Laying to rest months of speculation surrounding the launch date of Windows 7, Microsoft categorically stated that it is readying the OS to ship in time for the holiday shopping season (aka Christmas 2009 shopping season). "With early RC testing and extensive partner feedback we've received, Windows 7 is tracking well for holiday availability," says Bill Veghte, senior VP of the Windows Business at Microsoft. The launch comes ahead of what was earlier speculated, "three years after the launch of Windows Vista", putting it sometime early 2010. Windows 7 launch will be accompanied by the company's release of Windows Server 2008 R2. While the company is yet to provide an actual release date, a recent statement from Acer's Bobby Watkins saying that it would reach retail by October 23 sounds plausible. It comes after the "back to school" season, and weeks ahead of the holiday shopping season.Source: TechConnect Magazine
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71 Comments on Windows 7 to Hit Retail This Holiday Season

#1
Mussels
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oh i agree that its a good move. but imagine if they'd done it in the ME days... 56k cant handle 700MB ISOs :)

hell, CD burners were expensive enough.
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#2
BarbaricSoul
it could if you set it to DL when you went to bed and let it go till you got home from work the next day, how you think I got my first music collection(kazaa FTW before people started getting sued, remember, I am talking about 10 years ago)
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#3
Mussels
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BarbaricSoul said:
it could if you set it to DL when you went to bed and let it go till you got home from work the next day, how you think I got my first music collection(kazaa FTW before people started getting sued)
all the dial up ISP's i've ever had, auto disconnected after 4 hours :(
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#4
BarbaricSoul
guess I was really lucky with my dial up. 52,000 bps connection speeds and no auto-disco's. That was on Compuserve.
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#5
ChaoticAtmosphere
Mussels said:
oh i agree that its a good move. but imagine if they'd done it in the ME days... 56k cant handle 700MB ISOs :)

hell, CD burners were expensive enough.
Hahaha!! True enough, but even when they had the chance with 2000 then XP and Vista they didn't....so helluva good move on their part...they'll definitely corner the market now.

Remember the huge Windows 95 hoopla which was also an X-mas release? Everybody was going nuts about it!! I look back now and say.."What was the big deal?" :laugh:
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#6
Triprift
Mussels said:
all the dial up ISP's i've ever had, auto disconnected after 4 hours :(
When i was on dial up i got nobbled to half speed thanks to Telstra changing the phone lines.
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#7
ChaoticAtmosphere
Oh god....I'm starting to hear 2 and 4Gb hard disks working with pentiums cacheing temporary internet files in the temporary internet files folder non-stop and dial-up modems connecting....AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!! :laugh:
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#8
WhiteLotus
If this does truely get released on your birthday mussels i too will add $5 to the pot.

Looking forward to this release, i will have until march to buy it for my main rig though. Hope it'll come down in price something by then.
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#9
iStink
So basically we'll see the stand alone os for purchase at the end of October, then computers will start to be sold with it preloaded later on?
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#10
Mussels
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iStink said:
So basically we'll see the stand alone os for purchase at the end of October, then computers will start to be sold with it preloaded later on?
or possibly both at the same time. MS could make sure they have RTM ready to go on that date, people pre-ordering and so on.
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#11
h3llb3nd4
Well I cant wait:)
*counts my money*
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#13
Shadin
I'm so glad I went with my gut and avoided Vista like the plague. XP x64 is still running great, I can hold out for 7's release whenever that might actually be.
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#14
vega22
so im guessing we will see dx11 cards coming out for xmass too then, cant wait :D
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#15
Kenshai
marsey99 said:
so im guessing we will see dx11 cards coming out for xmass too then, cant wait :D
DX11 cards from my understand were supposed to be hitting the market by the end of the summer.
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#16
[I.R.A]_FBi
Mussels said:
october 23rd is my birthday. who's buying me 7 for mah bday? :)
we share teh same birthday
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#17
beyond_amusia
I know a VIP beta tester for 7, and he said the MS has not really listened to any of their advice compared to Vista (which may have resulted in the too much at once) - basically they are left in the dark and MS is doing it's own thing - maybe it's paid off because the VIP testers loved Vista and look how it turned out - the media crucified it. I hope MS repeats the same formula with Windows 8 because it's a clear winner.
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#18
ShadowFold
Probably gonna buy OEM Ultimate x64. Retail usually comes with x86.. ewwww.
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#19
beyond_amusia
ShadowFold said:
Probably gonna buy OEM Ultimate x64. Retail usually comes with x86.. ewwww.
Actually, Vista came with 2 DVDs - one x86 and one x64

EDIT: though it's 2 DVDs, it's one key for both versions.
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#20
my_name_is_earl
Upgrade can sometime mean throwing half of your software away and maybe, the hardware need to be upgrade too. NTY, Vista is mighty fine for what I need.
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#21
beyond_amusia
my_name_is_earl said:
Upgrade can sometime mean throwing half of your software away and maybe, the hardware need to be upgrade too. NTY, Vista is mighty fine for what I need.
I've had no problems with any boxed software, like Office, Sony ACID or PS CS4 - the only apps that will not run that I use are Chrome and AIM - both will surely be updated and ready to go by RTM. If your PC has a 1 GHz CPU and 1 GB or RAM, 7 will run - from what I can tell on here, everyone seems to have 2 GB or more, and the latest dual and quad core CPUs, so TPU users are 7 ready =P
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#22
ChaoticAtmosphere
beyond_amusia said:
I've had no problems with any boxed software, like Office, Sony ACID or PS CS4 - the only apps that will not run that I use are Chrome and AIM - both will surely be updated and ready to go by RTM. If your PC has a 1 GHz CPU and 1 GB or RAM, 7 will run - from what I can tell on here, everyone seems to have 2 GB or more, and the latest dual and quad core CPUs, so TPU users are 7 ready =P
That's right...x64 baby!! Trying not to install too much while using RC1 Right now...anxiously awaiting full retail x64 Ultimate!!! :rockout:
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#23
Oliver
Triprift said:
Im assuming it will be like other windows were it dont really shine till after a sp or 2.
same here; and that's what i'm telling my customers.........wait a bit to work out the final wrinkles:wtf::wtf:
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#24
Triprift
Im wondering though if the sps for it will be like Vista which were combination of all updates.
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#25
Perra
I have always hated new releases of windows, i hated xp, i hated vista... but i really do love 7 from the start and that tells me they are on the right track... for once... I'll be getting it as soon as it's released.
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