Microsoft says Windows 7 tracking for holiday release

May 12, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Microsoft Corp. has made a public commitment that Windows 7, the next major version of its operating system, will go on sale in time for the 2009 holiday season.  “Windows 7 is tracking well for holiday availability,” Bill Veghte, senior vice president of Microsoft’s Windows business said at an event on Monday, citing good test results on the early version of the system released to developers and the public over the past few weeks.  Windows 7 is currently available for download as a public release candidate, and this announcement makes reports of an October release appear all the more reliable.

In the final phase before the software will become generally available for customer purchase the Microsoft team will now spend its time looking for serious flaws or compatibility issues. Functionality and features of the product at this point will not likely change except for adding multilanguage support and supporting materials.

The Windows 7 RTM process is expected to start wrapping up by mid-August. Microsoft is hoping to restore its image that has been tarnished by, among other things, a broadly negative reaction to Windows Vista, the current version of the Windows operating system.


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