Acer says that Windows 7 will be available October 23, 2009

According to Pocket Lint, Acer has confirmed that Windows 7 will be available on October 23 on their new all-in-one Z5600 PC. Acer has also confirmed that any Vista based PC purchased 30 days prior will receive a free upgrade to Windows 7.

While we still don't have an official release date from Microsoft yet, and even though there has been an internal release date of January 30, 2010 set, rumors have been flying around saying that Windows 7 may be released sometime later this year.
With the public release of the release candidate right around the corner
, and development towards the RTM already on track, it's possible that Acer's release date could be true.

This week, Microsoft Senior Vice President Bill Veghte told Paul Thurrott that "a holiday release is accomplishable."

What do you think, Neowin? Could Acer's date signal a possible release date for Windows 7, or is it still to early to tell yet?

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id say it will be in stores by november just in time for the busy holiday shopping sales, which will be great for micro$oft. im already starting to save for 7.

I haven't seen this posted (unless I am blind as a bat), but I got this in my partner email today:

When will the final version of Windows 7 be available?
The final engineering milestone is the release to manufacturing (RTM), typically 3-5 months after the RC. We believe the product is high quality and to date have received very positive feedback. This might result in RTM delivery before the 3-5 months timeframe. Ultimately, you'll decide the quality and assess the delivery once you download and use the RC. Customer and partner feedback will determine how quickly we release.

Interesting...

But thought this was interesting:

How will Microsoft collect and use feedback from Windows 7 RC?
With this release, we are focused on verifying that all the changes and fixes we made based on the beta tests and feedback are working correctly. We do that by gathering the automatically generated information (called telemetry) that your PC sends us when you use Windows 7 RC. Telemetry tells us when your computer hangs, crashes, or has performance issues, and what applications or devices you were using when you experienced problems. It is important that we gather this data from thousands of different hardware configurations to confirm that the fixes we included based on beta feedback work on a wide range of hardware. It will also help us identify any new problems.

Gabe3 said,
how long after the first RC does MS typically give out release dates?

i received this in an email just today. here is your answer;
When will the final version of Windows 7 be available?

The final engineering milestone is the release to manufacturing (RTM), typically 3-5 months after the RC. We believe the product is high quality and to date have received very positive feedback. This might result in RTM delivery before the 3-5 months timeframe. Ultimately, you'll decide the quality and assess the delivery once you download and use the RC. Customer and partner feedback will determine how quickly we release.

[quote]We believe the product is high quality and to date have received very positive feedback. This might result in RTM delivery before the 3-5 months timeframe."
I'll have to agrre on the "high quality".
So does that mean we might be seeing Rtm beginning of July already? Very nice.

I agree with you totally .... Paul Thurrott said originally around that time for the RTM, he also said the RC would be in April (well he wasn't far out was he ?).

I've heard rumblings that 7 is completely 100% done.

They're just pushing out RC candidates to tease people with a non-finalized product.. kind of like a movie trailer of sorts and whatever bugs people find in the RC candidates they'll be added to Service Pack fixes.

Andrew-DB said,
I've heard rumblings that 7 is completely 100% done.

They're just pushing out RC candidates to tease people with a non-finalized product.. kind of like a movie trailer of sorts and whatever bugs people find in the RC candidates they'll be added to Service Pack fixes.

Ive also heard that I have rewritten all the Windows source code and will sell it to Bill and he will release it as Windows 8.

Andrew-DB said,
I've heard rumblings that 7 is completely 100% done.

They're just pushing out RC candidates to tease people with a non-finalized product.. kind of like a movie trailer of sorts and whatever bugs people find in the RC candidates they'll be added to Service Pack fixes.


I hope your joking. Rc means release candidate . So if it has no huge bugs it could become the actual release version.

Most likely some small bugs will be fixed but other then that there should be no huge changes to windows 7 between rc and gold.

majortom1981 said,
I hope your joking. Rc means release candidate . So if it has no huge bugs it could become the actual release version.

Most likely some small bugs will be fixed but other then that there should be no huge changes to windows 7 between rc and gold.

I know what RC means. Believe me .. I know what RC means.

That's just what I'm saying.

They've polished it to a "final" version they're going to release, and whatever bugs people find in the RC and RTM versions, they're going to be service pack fixes.

Not sure, albeit MS may have to wait to see what the computer manufacture' s are going to do in terms of release date for OEM units. September would be nice; been part of the original testing since October, and have to say it appears to be ready for the public. Downloaded RC1 this morning and am setting on it at this moment. Actually I am sitting on Linux Ubuntu running in VMware VM with no problems.

october is 6 months away, i don't see how thats "soon". It'd be nice if they could get RTM out in july-august. I'm ready for a new OS. while I don't have any issues with vista, I'm ready for something new.

Considering that we are getting the public RC the first week of May, I see absolutely no reason that RTM couldn't easily happen sometime during the mid to late summer. Having machines shipping with 7 preinstalled in late October should be a no-brainer.

If I were MS, I'd be gunning for an early- to med-August release to cash in on the back-to-school season as well as the holiday season. If the RC already seems pretty well ready, I don't see a reason to wait five more months. ^_^ If nothing else, get it to the OEMs in August, and get general availability in September (or even October, if needed).

October 23 sounds accurate to me. RC1 is extremely stable (as was Beta 1, too), and frankly, I think Windows 7 is good enough for release as it stands now.

Not to mention October 23 will be in time for the lucrative holiday shopping season, which Microsoft missed with Windows Vista.

i would have to think that MS would be pushing to have a fall/Q4 launch for windows7. Didn't XP have a few RCs in late summer and hit retail shelves in october? , and Vista have a few RCs around september and hit RTM in november, retail in january? i'd think with how well windows 7 has been and RC being out now that it should definitely be doable to have Windows 7 launch at retail in september/october

XP was just a retread of the NT/2000 kernel/code, so it was relatively easy to guarantee the Xmas release they always want.

Vista was the second pass at rewriting everything from the ground up and it still wasn't 100% baked when it came out of the oven in Nov/Jan.

But, like XP, Windows 7 is a polish of a previous codebase (Vista), which is why I've been telling people since last year what the release schedule will be...and why I've been dead on.

Almost the same date as XP... I'm guessing September/October myself. The Holiday and the new semester is very important. MS would want to make it available around that time.

I'm skeptical because an RTM usually appears two months before it's general release making it around the end of August which is possible but about 3 or 4 weeks too early but I hope I'm wrong.

I've said since last year that...

RC - End of April...BINGO!
RTM - End of July (a showstopper would means beginning of August, but I don't see that happening)

On store shelves in September (or OCT, depending on OEM) in time for Christmas shopping season.

I'm going to hold out to see what Microsoft says about this, but if this is the release date that would be awesome, as I am not a very patient person :P

Acer has a LOT of shovelware to slipstream into new machines.

BTW, you'll see other OEMs to market with Windows 7 machines sooner than this.

warwagon said,
Sounds about right.

Yes, with the RC already out (and the public release coming in a few days), I'd be really surprised if if took them until end of next January to release Rtm.

It took then about five months from Beta to RC, and it shouldn't take them any more from RC to Rtm (rather less).