Windows 7 RTM Set for 2nd Half July, In Stores by Oct 22



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Post Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:23 pm

Windows 7 RTM Set for 2nd Half July, In Stores by Oct 22

TAIPEI, Taiwan — June 3, 2009 — Today during a keynote address at Computex 2009 in Taipei, Microsoft’s OEM Division Corporate Vice President Steve Guggenheimer revealed that the company is confident with the progress made with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, and that as a result, Microsoft will deliver Release to Manufacturing (RTM) code to partners in the second half of July. Windows 7 will become generally available on Oct. 22, 2009, and Windows Server 2008 R2 will be broadly available at the same time.

“As we’ve said many times, quality is our primary goal,” Guggenheimer said. “We announce each milestone once we’re confident of where we are in the development cycle and that it is ready to be shared with customers and partners. We’ve received great feedback from our partners who are looking forward to offering Windows 7 to their customers in time for the holidays.”

In addition to this, Guggenheimer announced that Microsoft will make available an upgrade option, so partners can offer customers the ability to purchase a Windows Vista-based PC and install Windows 7 when it’s ready.

“Microsoft has been working closely with partners to help our mutual customers be able to enjoy the many benefits of Windows 7,” he said. “With that in mind, we’re excited to say that there will be a Windows upgrade program available. Consumers can buy that new PC, whether for a student heading off to college or just because they need a new one, and know they’ll get Windows 7 as part of the deal.”

The actual start date for the program will be announced when it is ready for consumers, and partners are ready to provide details to customers.

Today’s keynote address is Guggenheimer’s second at Computex. The last time he spoke at the show, he had just taken over the helm of OEM, the division that works with hardware manufacturers worldwide to integrate Microsoft technologies and bring PCs, laptops, mobile handsets and other devices to life.

Although the economic realities of the past year have created new challenges for customers, partners and the IT industry, Guggenheimer says the power of innovation, through both software and broad collaboration with partners, will continue to benefit consumers, the industry and the economy at large.

“What we’re doing with Windows will continue to improve people’s lives so that that technology enables them to communicate better, make tasks simpler and new things possible,” he says. “Our partners in the hardware space, our competitors in software — the entire industry is doing incredible things.”

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Post Wed Jun 03, 2009 2:13 pm

Re: Windows 7 RTM Set for 2nd Half July, In Stores by Oct 22

I have been impressed with the performance of the RC version, so I think I will move along when it goes gold.


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Post Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:48 pm

Re: Windows 7 RTM Set for 2nd Half July, In Stores by Oct 22

Not bashing MS here, but I have two predictions on this topic:
1.  The release is later than they briefed.  I'm betting on mid-late November (they'll release it before the holidays no matter what)
2.  The upgrade option doesn't work in a significant percent of cases and is generally unsupported by MS.  When it fails to work, they will blame it on 3rd party software (perhaps rightfully so) instead of manning up and not making stupid assumptions in the upgrade process.  If MS validates an install as being "clean" they should be able to guarantee an upgrade will succeed.  If not, they should back out gracefully with instructions to the user on what needs to be removed before upgrading.  I'm betting they do neither (just based on previous MS experience).

Really looking forward to seeing Server 2008R2.  The original version's internals look just like Vista, so I'm betting that the internals of R2 will look just like Window 7 (not that it will be a bad thing).  Any takers?
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