Microsoft has finally given the word and confirmed that Windows 7 will be widely available on Oct. 22. Given the slippages that occurred with Windows Vista, it is understandable that Redmond is keen to keep its cards close at hand. With this announcement, we can expect Windows 7 to make its appearance in netbooks, laptops and desktop computers sold over the holiday season.
While Microsoft is not disclosing any specific day, the release to manufacturing (RTM) is expected to happen in the second half of July. RTM is the term used to denote the development stage where the software is considered completed and sent to various computer makers.
I have written a number of blogs on Windows 7 in the past. But if you would bear with me, here are my final notes on the imminent arrival of the new Windows OS that people are actually looking forward to.
Temporarily put off purchasing new Windows computers
Microsoft has said that there would be a Windows Upgrade Option, though details pertaining to the program and its parameters will come at a later date. In the past, consumers were able to obtain low-cost or even free upgrades to the new version when released. What is known is that an internal memo sent to its partners earlier this year tagged July 1, 2009 as the start of the eligibility period.
Unless you have no intention to upgrade to Windows 7, it would probably be safer to put off purchasing any new Windows computers for the next few weeks.
Start factoring Windows 7 into your IT budget
Enterprises typically wait until the first service pack before switching to new versions of operating systems. And no wonder; their greater dependency on customized or proprietary applications necessitate a longer period for testing by default. SMBs, on the other hand, will probably require far lesser time to properly test and plan for Windows 7. As such, it would be prudent to start factoring Windows 7 into your IT budget.
Windows 7 rocks
Earlier today, I installed Windows 7 for the first time on a review unit of the Samsung PB22-J 256GB MLC Solid-State Drive (SSD). My intention was partly to test the optimizations that Microsoft put into Windows 7 to improve its performance on SSDs. I was utterly blown away by the performance. On a clean install of Windows 7 RC, my Sony laptop with 4GB of RAM booted up in 12 seconds flat. Going into hibernation took all of 10 seconds.
Of course, you can argue that the Samsung SSD is certainly among the fastest in its class. Having said that, I leave you to imagine the performance potential of Windows 7 when it moves from RC into RTM.