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Windows 7 Launching October 22

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Microsoft conformed that Windows 7 will start selling on October 22, which just happens to be my wife’s birthday. I don’t think she’d appreciate a gift-wrapped copy of Windows 7, but a lot of people probably have Windows 7 on their shopping lists.

In an interview with a CNET reporter, HP CTO Phil McKinney said the quality of the code is stellar. Microsoft also confirmed that copies of Windows 7 will be offered for free or at a discount to those who buy machines with Windows Vista close to the launch of the new OS.

Xavier Lanier is the publisher of Gotta Be Mobile and a photographer. He uses too many devices to count, but his current favorites are the iPhone 5s, HTC One, Nikon D800 and Sony RX 100M II. You can follow him on Twitter and Google+.

6 Comments

  1. Darren

    06/02/2009 at 1:24 pm

    October 22nd is my birthday too! (I’d appreciate a gift-wrapped copy of Windows 7 ;))

    I wouldn’t buy a Vista machine to get 7 at 1/2 price, I would wait for the release and buy a 7 machine. Useless promotion.

    Anyways, Windows 7 RC is free until next year… :)

  2. GoodThings2Life

    06/02/2009 at 1:54 pm

    It’s a bit late for my October 4th birthday but I would appreciate a gift-wrapped copy too!

  3. GoodThings2Life

    06/02/2009 at 1:56 pm

    @Darren,

    The promotion is great for the back-to-school shoppers.

  4. Jim

    06/02/2009 at 4:40 pm

    Will vista computer be cheaper right before release? If so it might be worth it, because if someone like me can handle installing windows 7 RC on a computer—well anyone can. So how about my question: are there usually cheaper prices on old operating system machines as the new ones come out? Or did the vista/xp happenings change all that?

  5. Xavier Lanier

    06/02/2009 at 6:25 pm

    Jim- this is going to be tough to predict. The manufacturers will probably have some inventory they’re going to need to clear out, but I don’t expect to see Dell, HP, Lenovo, etc. offering significantly cheaper Vista machines
    along side Windows 7 ones.

    There will be significant holiday discounts as always that will probably negate discounts on Vista computers.

  6. Jolyn

    06/02/2009 at 8:51 pm

    @GoodThings2Life

    O.O I have the same birthday as you…

    …. I’m suppose to get a notebook soon for college…

    or maybe i should wait…
    for windows 7 & asus U80V….

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