Microsoft Windows 7 to hit store shelves 22nd October
Posted on 3-Jun-2009 10:42
Filed under: News
Microsoft has announced that its newest operating system software Windows 7 will be ready for sale in time for the holidays.
The company confirmed through its Windows Blog that Windows 7 will hit the store shelves on 22nd October 2009. The final code should be released to manufacture (RTM) sometime in the second half of July. It is also expected that Windows Server 2008 R2 will be available around the same timeframe.
The announcement comes just short of a month since the Release Candidate (RC) was made available to millions of users around the world.
More than 32,000 participants from approximately 10,000 companies have signed up to have access to a breadth of helpful tools and resources needed to prepare for Windows 7. Partners such as Corel, Cyberlink, Sonic, ATI and NVIDIA have already invested significant time and resources to preparing for Windows 7.
An RC milestone is an important step on the path to final delivery for Windows 7 as it indicates the operating system is entering the final phases of development and is ready for thousands of partners to test, evaluate, and develop new applications, device drivers, and services.
For IT professionals in enterprise environments, Windows 7 along with the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, an add-on subscription, helps enterprise customers make people productive anywhere, enhance security and control, streamline
IT management, and reduce costs.
Windows 7 enables Remote Media Streaming, enabling secure, remote Internet access to home-based digital media libraries from another Windows 7 PC outside the home. It also brings Windows XP Mode, a tool that will ease the pain of migration for some users who rely on legacy appications.
The new OS comes with different Windows 7 editions for specific market requirements. Each SKU is a superset of the previous SKU. This means that each higher edition SKU will have every feature lower edition SKUs have.
The company also says focus will be on two primary editions of Windows 7: Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional.
A few targeted SKUs will be offered for customers with specialized needs: for price-sensitive customers with small notebook PCs, some OEMs will offer Windows 7 Starter. For customers in emerging markets, Microsoft will make Windows 7 Home Basic available.
Businesses have two recommended choices: Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise. Windows 7 Professional is recommended for small businesses and Windows 7 Enterprise is recommended for mid- and large-sized businesses that have a Software Assurance Agreement with Microsoft.
The complete SKU lineup for Windows 7 is: Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic (in Emerging Markets only), Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate.