Windows 7 To Ship “In Time For The Holiday Shopping Season” Says Microsoft

Microsoft has decided to let the know sort of know when Windows 7 is going to ship. They announced the following at Tech Ed today:

Microsoft Tech•Ed North America 2009 kicked off today with announcements of new technologies that enable IT professionals and developers to help their organizations save money and improve efficiencies during difficult economic times. As part of today’s news, Microsoft Corp. announced that the company is anticipating that the next version of its client operating system, Windows 7, will be available to customers in time for the holiday shopping season. In addition, Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate (RC) is available today with the final product releasing to market in the same timeframe as Windows 7.

At least we have some clue as to when Windows 7 is going to ship. If I had to make an educated guess, the “in time for the holiday shopping season” means in or around Black Friday in the USA. Anything later would limit how much money they could make. Anything sooner would likely take away any ability for them to fix any last minute bugs and get the master off to the presses.

I guess things are going better than expected with the release candidate. Could Windows 7 really be that good?

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