Windows 7 to make public debut May 5

May 01, 2009
A fair hostess presents a netbook with the new Windows 7 version in March 2009 at the world's biggest high-tech fair CeBIT in Hanover, central Germany. Microsoft said Thursday that a nearly-final version of its next-generation Windows 7 operating system will be publicly released on May 5, 2009.

Microsoft said Thursday that a nearly-final version of its next-generation Windows 7 operating system will be publicly released on May 5.

The release will be available at microsoft.com/downloads in a move intended to signal that the software giant is putting finishing touches on an that it hopes will escape criticism heaped on its predecessor Vista.

"Listening to our partners and customers has been fundamental to the development of ," said Bill Veghte, senior vice president for the Windows business at Microsoft.

"We heard them and worked hard to deliver the highest quality release candidate in the history of Windows."

The Windows 7 release candidate (RC) was made available to developers on Thursday.

The release indicates that little is likely to be changed in the final version of Windows 7 and that companies can begin tailoring software or hardware to the operating system, according to Microsoft.

Touted features include compatibility with touch-screen computer controls and with software designed to work with earlier-generation Windows XP operating system.

Critics lambasted Vista for being too complex and not being compatible with older software programs.

Windows XP holdouts are being told they will have to upgrade to Vista to make a transition to Windows 7.

"Windows 7 shows significant promise," Forrester Research analyst Ben Gray wrote in an independent report on the operating system. "Start preparing for it now, and the best way to prepare for Windows 7 is by deploying ."

(c) 2009 AFP

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Bob_B
not rated yet May 01, 2009
BFD. All my apps and data live on my PC. There is no way to migrate them. If MS thinks we all want to "start over" with another machine - let alone a new OS - they are absolutely numb headed, brain dead marketing folks!

We don't need no stinking OS!
Prok
not rated yet May 01, 2009
So let me get this straight... They want us XP users to buy Vista, just to buy Windows 7 when it eventually comes out?
brant
not rated yet May 01, 2009
"Windows XP holdouts are being told they will have to upgrade to Vista to make a transition to Windows 7."

!*@&^%*@#%&(@%*&$)%*(@#)*$!*&$!&%(#&$(!#&$#*$*#^(%*$@&%(@{&$@#(%&@$(%&@&%$(%&@%($% Microsoft!!!!
You'll never get my money now.
pres68y
not rated yet May 02, 2009
Another good reason to migrate to Linux!
MrFred
not rated yet May 02, 2009
"Windows XP holdouts are being told they will have to upgrade to Vista to make a transition to Windows 7."

I'll hope that comment was just a 'misinterpretation by the journalist.' That is, after all, what journalists do best.

It could also be a very well planned comment to get people to buy the worthless Vista OS.

Or it could of course be true, in which case Microsoft just screwed itself.

However, lets not forget that Windows 7 supposedly has an XP compatibility mode... kind of pointless if you have to have to downgrade to Vista first! ;-)