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Microsoft Confirms October 22 Release Date For Windows 7 182

Posted by Soulskill
from the pretending-to-be-surprised dept.
techwrench was one of several readers to send word that Microsoft has officially announced Windows 7 will be generally available on October 22nd. They also mentioned the Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program: "This program enables participating retailers and OEMs to offer a special deal to upgrade to Windows 7 for customers purchasing a qualifying PC. I'll be doing another blog post about this program with a date and more details when we get closer to availability. Obviously, Release To Manufacturing (RTM) is an important milestone on the path to GA. We anticipate that we'll be able to make the RTM code for Windows 7 available to our partners sometime in the 2nd half of July. We also expect to be able to make RTM code for Windows Server 2008 R2 available to our partners in this time frame as well."
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Microsoft Confirms October 22 Release Date For Windows 7

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  • by nicolas.kassis (875270) on Wednesday June 03, 2009 @09:45AM (#28195759)
    Maybe my time stalling the windows xp to vista migration is drawing to a close.
    • by Falc0n (618777)
      I'm in the same boat, however I wonder how stable Windows 7 actually will be? If it really is touted to be the 'SP2/3 release for vista', then it might be worth upgrading to. However, if its like every other windows release, it'll be crap and you'll have to wait until SP1 comes out Luckily I'm 99% linux / osx.. I only use windows for my very seldom gaming.
      • Yeah, my windows usage is mostly work related. In essence, from our testing it's doing pretty well. One of the net admins here did have some serious issues with what I believe was video card drivers but that is somewhat expected at this stage.
        • You said, "In essence, from our testing it's doing pretty well."

          I'm very skeptical. Our October 22, 2011 adoption date may be delayed. Let everyone else have the hassles, as they did with Vista and Windows ME, and several versions of DOS. Bringing out unfinished versions has been very profitable for Microsoft.

          Windows XP had very serious, but not obvious, problems until SP2.

          Windows 7 is just another version of Windows NT, but Microsoft calls it an entirely new operating system, and most people accep
      • Vista SP2 is already out there.

      • by Mattsson (105422)

        As I work in a mostly Novell-based environment, I won't be advocating anything past XP32 yet in a while.
        There is no Novell client for XP64 and the Vista (and thus also W7) client is a complete disaster that is more or less useless.

    • by Rival (14861)

      I've been stalling buying a laptop because of the Vista debacle. I refuse to pay for a Vista license, plain and simple. That includes paying for a Vista license plus some extra fee to allow me to upgrade to either XP or Windows 7.

      Because of this, I have not been able to buy the type of laptop I am looking for for several years now.

      Yes, I know that there are Windows-free laptops available. I also know that they are either A) lousy hardware/low-end specs; B) off-brand, or C) too high-priced, i.e., Apple.

      • by Allador (537449)

        I refuse to pay for a Vista license, plain and simple. That includes paying for a Vista license plus some extra fee to allow me to upgrade to either XP or Windows 7.

        That's not how it works.

        Go look at business class machines from Dell.com right now.

        The price for Vista Business and Vista Busines w/ XP Pro Downgrade are the same.

  • by AioKits (1235070) on Wednesday June 03, 2009 @09:47AM (#28195801)
    ...for Creative Labs to get on the ball and release 64bit audio drivers for the X-Fi series that don't cause constant crackling and odd behavior. I swear, past their XP drivers, the drivers for Vista and Win7 are horrid. Least I got a USB headset that works well. The rest of my Win7 RC test machine works wonderfully though, save for the sound, which is driving me insane.

    Does anyone else have this issue? Am I insane? Will Dudley Do-Right save Nell Fenwick?
    • Aside from the history of Creative Labs, I'd suggest you get a new sound card. Not that it's any fun or anything to do so, but it'll be less aggravating in the long run.

      Even the poor performance of having an integrated sound system beats a sound system that you don't even turn on, and there's plenty of alternatives.

      The history of Creative Labs is anything but creative: they're a vendor. They have other people make their chips, and all they do is brand the product (and maybe, maybe, write a program or two

      • by tlhIngan (30335)

        Aside from the history of Creative Labs, I'd suggest you get a new sound card. Not that it's any fun or anything to do so, but it'll be less aggravating in the long run.

        Even the poor performance of having an integrated sound system beats a sound system that you don't even turn on, and there's plenty of alternatives.

        The history of Creative Labs is anything but creative: they're a vendor. They have other people make their chips, and all they do is brand the product (and maybe, maybe, write a program or two).

        I

    • by asdf7890 (1518587) on Wednesday June 03, 2009 @09:59AM (#28195957)

      ...for Creative Labs to get on the ball and release 64bit audio drivers for the X-Fi series that don't cause constant crackling and odd behavior. I swear, past their XP drivers, the drivers for Vista and Win7 are horrid. Least I got a USB headset that works well. The rest of my Win7 RC test machine works wonderfully though, save for the sound, which is driving me insane.

      I'm told (2nd hand anecdotal evidence: I've not used a Creative sound card in some time) that Creative have been somewhat lacking in the quality driver department for some time, so I wouldn't hold your breath.

      If you are having trouble with their Vista drivers after all this time what makes you thing they'll get good quality Win7 drivers released in the next six months?

      • by AioKits (1235070)
        Well, they did have 'OMG Win7 drivers download here!' listed under their support. *sigh* I had hoped for too much perhaps. Any suggestions on a good 5.1 card?
        • by asdf7890 (1518587)

          Any suggestions on a good 5.1 card?

          In recent years (since a Creative card refused to work with any driver I tried after I'd upgraded my main desktop machine to XP in ~2005) I've been using the on-board sound support on motherboards and finding it good enough for my not-very-good ears not to care about the difference.

      • by Lumpy (12016)

        turtle beach cards have been orders of magnitude better than creatives best cards for several years now.

        The cheapie Montego Bay back in 2005 was far better in every way to creatives best and most expensive card made.

    • I am having sound issues as well. 1 out of every 3 times (without fail) I put my Win7 machine to sleep it wakes up w/no audio claiming it cannot find the device. I'm using an Asus motherboard with onboard sound. The C-Media CM6501 Audio Driver is what I would be using, and have tried, but to no avail.

      I'm also having problems with disc encryption. I whole disc encrypted my XP partition which is fine, accept when it is mounted in my Win7 partition Win7 can't "fall asleep". This has nothing to do with the

    • by fermion (181285)
      But MS has said only MS peripherals are guaranteed to work with MS [theregister.co.uk]. If they had been this honest about MS Vista, many of the problems would have been avoided.

      Now that MS, once primarily an OS developer, is seriously in hardware business [xbox.com], Creative needs to think about a graceful exit strategy from the MS Windows market. Just look at what happened when MS decided to sell software. Previous partners like Lotus and SSI saw what happens when MS want market share.

      • Um, no, the tabloid you linked to said that. Microsoft only said that they have new keyboards, mice, and webcams that leverage some of Win7's snazzy new features.

        And why the hell would Creative get out of the PC audio market because Microsoft makes game consoles? That would be like Chrysler throwing in the towel on automobiles because they couldn't compete with Braun razors.

        Oh, BTW, Microsoft did an own-brand sound card back in the early 1990s, and it was an also-ran. They left the market and never came bac

    • by smash (1351)
      Have an X-fi I've run on both 64 bit vista and windows 7 with no issues. I have an intel DP35DP board though, maybe you have slight hardware compatibility issues?
    • by Just Some Guy (3352) <kirk+slashdot@strauser.com> on Wednesday June 03, 2009 @12:58PM (#28198671) Homepage Journal

      ...for Creative Labs to get on the ball and release 64bit audio drivers for the X-Fi series that don't cause constant crackling and odd behavior. I swear, past their XP drivers, the drivers for Vista and Win7 are horrid.

      Until Microsoft can deliver drivers for popular off-the-shelf peripherals, Windows will never be more than a niche toy for geeks who like to spend more time tinkering with their OS than actually using it.

  • by Sockatume (732728) on Wednesday June 03, 2009 @09:57AM (#28195921)
    "'We won't be actually selling [Windows 7] a day before the 23rd October" [slashdot.org]

    That statement could not possibly be more precisely wrong, as it turns out. They will actually be selling Windows 7 a day before the 23rd of October.
    • "'We won't be actually selling [Windows 7] a day before the 23rd October" [slashdot.org] That statement could not possibly be more precisely wrong, as it turns out. They will actually be selling Windows 7 a day before the 23rd of October.

      Actually what they said is quite factual. The "23rd October" would have started on roughly 10/01/0023 and there's no way they'd be selling Windows 7 before then. If they meant the "23rd of October" then that's a different case entirely :P

      • by Itninja (937614)
        Well, factually, the 23rd October would have come along 23 years after the start of the Julian calendar in 45 BCE, when the month named October was designated. So I think the date would have been more like (using American format) 10/01/-22?
  • by Evan Meakyl (762695) on Wednesday June 03, 2009 @10:38AM (#28196489)

    ... to discover that?

    10/22 = 10 2 2
    substract 1 to each number: 9 1 1 ... Maybe a subliminal message?

    yeah... should stop working and go back home.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Itninja (937614)
      That's why numerology is so pervasive. It's just too easy to find connections. Pick any two digit number and any major historical even in the past 100 years and I bet I can find all kinds of 'amazing' connections.
      • by stinerman (812158)

        It is especially easy to do it with irrational numbers like pi or e. Since they do not terminate and are not periodic, you can find quite literally anything you want in them.

    • by yabos (719499)
      Holy shit. And it's June 3 2009 today (06/03). 6 + 3 = 9 and 2 + 0 + 0 + 9 = 11 !!!!!!!
  • by Kevin108 (760520)
    On Bittorrent and cracked well before it's released.
    • by moon3 (1530265)
      On the other hand you can get it ahead of schedule from MSDN subscription, if you are a Microsoft's gold or platinum certified partner.
    • by Kjella (173770)

      Yeah well, other software products "go gold" and then ship it off for printing and a prerelease leak of that is rare but windows is different. In addition to go off to CD printing, basicly they ship it to all the manufacturers to test out on all their computer models. That version (called RTM) is essentially the same as the retail version and always leaked on torrents because it's in fairly wide distribution. I doubt Microsoft cares, I mean first to play the latest FPS game or watch the latest blockbuster s

  • Microsoft has officially announced Windows 7 will be generally available on October 22nd

    Boy, I think that was the loudest collective yawn I've heard in years!

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