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Windows 7 rushed out because of downturn? Will it run on netbooks?

In Information industry on February 10, 2009 by Alan Lovell Tagged: , , , ,

I read in the FT yesterday (paper version – no link, though similar stories from cnet and internetnews suggest likewise) that Microsoft are rushing out Windows 7 because the downturn is hitting sales. Already many businesses are delaying upgrading from XP to Vista because a) Vista has had some bad press from the word go, and b) why upgrade to Vista when a few months later you have to go through the whole process again to upgrade to Windows 7? It all adds up to a lack of sales for Microsoft, and at a time when they can least afford it. Therefore, the logic goes, get things going with an early release of 7. The delayers won’t delay any more, and those sitting on the fence might be convinced to splash the cash if the PC has a spanky new operating system. Windows 7’s official release date is January 2010, though the “company has been aiming to get it done in time to be on PCs that ship for this year’s holiday-shopping season.”

It all sounds great, but by rushing, does that mean less time for beta testing and hence more initial bugs might sneak in? Vista, all over again? I guess that most companies, including ours, would wait for a while anyway until the major bugs have been ironed out before upgrading. And, let’s face it, we all expect there to be bugs, don’t we? Perhaps by rushing it out though it might get the personal computer market moving, rather than the professional/business market. Though of course many consumers are buying netbooks these day. Will Microsoft 7 be available for netbooks? Apparently (apcmag, cnet), though will it be too expensive, given the budget priorities of most netbook purchasers?

Anyway, what we do know is that there will be six different versions of 7 when it comes out. A basic, free download for personal users would be nice. Can’t see it happening somehow though…

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