Microsoft confirms Windows 7 release date to be October 22nd

According to cnet, Microsoft has officially confirmed that Windows 7's release date will be October 22nd, and will be available on both store shelves and new PC's.

Microsoft Senior Vice President Bill Veghte said that in order to meet this release date, development of Windows 7 will wrap up by the middle or end of next month.

Last month, Microsoft made the Windows 7 release candidate available for download. "The feedback from the release candidate has been good", says Bill Veghte.

It looks like OEM's are also ready to go as well. "We're locked and loaded for the launch. The quality of code is just absolutely stellar.", says Phil McKinney, CTO of HP's computer unit. Previously, Acer said that Windows 7 will be available on October 23rd, one day later than the confirmed release date.

We're still waiting for pricing details to be announced, which is expected later this month. Starting June 28th, users who buy a new PC with Windows Vista, will receive a free upgrade to Windows 7. Students may also be able to get Windows 7 at a discount or even for free.

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IDX - Internal Developer Client and Server build 7200 (most of you know it as RC2 but this is not correct) is true and available to close Microsoft partners. Will be available to a wider range of users on June 11.
RTM is expected to be finished at the end of July and available to partners at the beginning of August :)
That's the latest news according to WZor

already set money aside for Wibdows 7 Ultimate in the bank for October 22nd. I'm expecting at least the same price as Vista I have set 10% over just in case.

I don't know why people don't just get a technet plus account it's much cheaper and you get loads of other stuff as well. Yeah ok the software is meat for evaluation purposes but it's the same retail product in the shop so you can use it just the same.

lee26 said,
I don't know why people don't just get a technet plus account it's much cheaper and you get loads of other stuff as well. Yeah ok the software is meat for evaluation purposes but it's the same retail product in the shop so you can use it just the same.


Using the software in a way that violate the EULA is piracy... Since people would prefer not to pay to become a pirate they usually do the right thing...

Wow, labeling people pirates when they purchase something. /wonders

I guess all those people who patched XP and Vista to use unsigned themes are pirates since modifying the OS is against the EULA??

iamwhoiam said,
Wow, labeling people pirates when they purchase something. /wonders

I guess all those people who patched XP and Vista to use unsigned themes are pirates since modifying the OS is against the EULA??


No, but people using evaluation software in a production environment are.

For Vista it was an opt in promotion on the OEM's part. So I wouldn't assume you get a free upgrade and would check to make sure your being sold the PC under the condition that you will get it.

excalpius said,
No, they have 6 weeks or so. And yes, they are on it.

Indeed. Although, of course, it's not like they can't continue to fix more minor issues beyond RTM - patches can always be put out.

excalpius said,
No, they have 6 weeks or so. And yes, they are on it.

For the RTM that will ship yes. It's possible they will have patch's on release but.

And what about those Ultimate Extras that don't work with Windows 7 (like DreamScene)?

I guess those people who overpaid for unsupported "extras" with Vista Ultimate are getting screwed now for the third time by having those same extras no longer work even with the new upgraded Vista OS?!

Class action suits will gather steam around that one...

it's a new product but? Why should or would people expect to be able to access the same functionality in Win 7? Those customers can still use Vista if they want given that's what they paid for.

Smigit said,
it's a new product but? Why should or would people expect to be able to access the same functionality in Win 7? Those customers can still use Vista if they want given that's what they paid for.

Wow are you an apologist or what?

YES, I do think one version of the OS should upgrade to a new version of the OS and keep and upgrade the features of the OS.

In fact, MS has been doing just that for over 20 years...

ahhell said,
Who the **** paid for extras?

Everyone who paid for Ultimate did...

I guess you missed the entire sales pitch for Ultimate. Ahem.

excalpius said,
Everyone who paid for Ultimate did...

I guess you missed the entire sales pitch for Ultimate. Ahem.


If you think the entire sales pitch for Ultimate was the Ultimate extras, you were listening to the wrong people. And not Microsoft.

Nice, Windows 7 x64 is damn stable for an RC. I am using it as my operating system for the last week.

Yes i also use it, rock solid and ultra fast.

You find so many nice things when you use it for a while...

How it handles messy apps that try to lockup the machine,
how fast it is, how good old apps run (even 32bit apps on 64bit),
how good vista drivers run (till your vendor releases win7 drivers)....
The compability is amazing, and if something doesn't run... Windows 7 has 10! compability operatingsystem/servicepacks to run the app on (even Win95 and multible servicepacks per OS).

I hated Vista and used Win2008 server edition instead, but
Windows 7 is totally fast, lean and sexy and i fell in love with it

I've been using it as primary since 7057 in both flavors on my 2 machines. I love this thing to death!!! It has also brought life to my old Athlon 64 build which is a socket 754 sadly. I luckily have a friend who will be able to hook me up with a discount at UCLA using his MSDNAA account.

i bet the still havent addressed that little network activity icon that lots of people on the win7 forums have been asking for.

excalpius said,
No, but everyone who doubted my RTM date owes me one now. 8))))

RTM date hasn't been set yet. That's still a guessing game.

Awesome news I can't wait to get my hands on it Hopefully my college will have it for discount very sooner following the 22nd.

Bet MS gets this one right, after the "problems" with Vista, they want this one right. I never had any issues with Vista, but, at the time, my lappy wasn't that old. Been running 7 since build 7000 came out, and downloaded and installed the RC1 version a couple weeks ago. Smooth...faster than 7000, NOT ONE issue.
I guess every once in a while, they need a little humility...... 98 >98"ME", XP > "Vista"....

To be fair there was nothing wrong with Vista, especially since SP1-ish. Windows 7 is simply a very good improvement. Some say Windows 7 is even better than XP, but that doesn't mean XP was bad either.

To be equally fair, a good number of people DID have problems with Vista. Whether that was Vista, the user or the computer (the last 2 being unlikely), doesn't matter. The fact there was problems rained on Vista's parade.
So far, Windows 7 is not having any sort of trouble, and everyone's got a good vibe about it! Can't wait until Oct 22nd now

There was nothing wrong with Vista. What was wrong was how the media manipulated consumer perceptions. Also, the comptuers it ran on was to blame and other software designers for not being compatible.

So I guess there's no chance of getting the free upgrade if you buy a netbook after June 28th? They're still coming with XP.

Kirkburn said,
Yes, they certainly do. In the UK, at least.

NC10, EEE, Advent and Aspire all run XP. I haven't see one netbook in PC World running Vista.

I ask cos I'm thinking about getting either a NC10 or N110 and I know they come with XP.

protocol7 said,
NC10, EEE, Advent and Aspire all run XP. I haven't see one netbook in PC World running Vista.

I ask cos I'm thinking about getting either a NC10 or N110 and I know they come with XP.

Sony VAIO P if consider it a netbook runs vista.

protocol7 said,
NC10, EEE, Advent and Aspire all run XP. I haven't see one netbook in PC World running Vista.

I ask cos I'm thinking about getting either a NC10 or N110 and I know they come with XP.


Hmm, well, I suppose the one I bought from PC World with Vista is a little large to strictly be a netbook (it's over 10"), but it most certainly runs Vista and I got it over a year ago.

Microsoft Senior Vice President Bill Veghte said that in order to meet this release date, development of Windows 7 will wrap up by the middle or end of next month.

Oh my, that would be, hmmm, "the end of July"...I wonder who's been saying this was the release date since last year? Hmmm?

Now, where's my damn cookie?! 8D

crazlunatic said,
Guess RC2 may be fake after all. Kind of a short time to be allowed for RC2 to come in soon

There was never plan for RC2.

excalpius said,
Oh my, that would be, hmmm, "the end of July"...I wonder who's been saying this was the release date since last year? Hmmm?

Now, where's my damn cookie?! 8D


I ate it. You destroyed any likelihood of anyone giving you praise with your constant wittering about how you predicted everything, ever. Give it a rest.

*smile*

In any case, internally it would make sense for there to be various further "release candidate" builds.

Kirkburn said,
I ate it. You destroyed any likelihood of anyone giving you praise with your constant wittering about how you predicted everything, ever. Give it a rest.

Nope! The only reason I keep bring it up right now is that some people keep harping about it. 8D

Thanks for admitting I was right though. You owe me 1 cookie PLUS crumbs (interest). 8))))))

excalpius said,
Nope! The only reason I keep bring it up right now is that some people keep harping about it. 8D

Thanks for admitting I was right though. You owe me 1 cookie PLUS crumbs (interest). 8))))))


Riiight.