Windows 7 – release details confirmed


Microsoft has announced the release dates and prices for its latest operating system – Windows 7.

From 15th July the public can pre-order their copy of Windows 7 Home Premium for a special introductory price of £49.99 – not bad when you consider the RRP of £149.99. From the release date of 22nd October until the end of December, consumers will be able to buy a copy of Home Premium for £79.99.

If you were holding off buying a new PC because you were waiting for Windows 7 there’s no need to wait any longer. From tomorrow until the end of January any new PCs bought with Vista installed will receive free upgrades to Windows 7. Make sure you agree with your PC dealer that the upgrade deal is in place before parting with your cash.

Users should also be aware that, because of Microsoft and the EC’s little spat, the European version of Windows 7 (7E) will not be a simple upgrade – it will require a clean install. Make sure you back up all of your stuff before you do this – a clean install will wipe everything.

This all sounds like good news, until you consider that the Americans can pre-order their copies for $49.99 – not really fair when you look at the latest exchange rates.

Windows 7 Professional will also be available to pre-order for £99.99 and, along with the Home Premium version can be pre-ordered on Amazon or via the DSGi group (Dixons, Currys, PC World) from 15th July to 14th August or until they run out.

PC users will be hoping that Windows 7 is a major improvement on the disappointing Vista and not mereley a Vista Upgrade as was claimed by Apple’s Bertrand Serlet at the WWDC.

(via The Guardian)

Windows 7 gets schizophrenic, multiple personalities emerge


Oh dear. It’s the move that everyone was hoping Microsoft wasn’t going to make, but it looks like it’s going to make it. Seems that Windows 7 will come in a bunch of versions – much like Vista – titled Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Business and Ultimate.

The news surfaced in a screenshot on a Chinese blog depicting Beta build 7025. Most people are running 7000 – which is the version currently (but not for much longer) available to the public.

Microsoft’s forthcoming OS has been getting rave reviews from all corners of the internet – even those traditionally very pro-Apple. I’m a big fan myself – I’ve got it installed on a laptop that struggled with Vista, and it runs like a dream. It remains to be seen exactly how cut-down the ‘Home’ versions will end up being, and if unlike Vista, the Ultimate edition is worth the extra cash.

(via Engadget, image courtesy of regular commenter Leon)

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