Microsoft: Windows 7 release in August '09
Surrenders 2010, hype machine fired up
Microsoft has officially dropped the façade on Windows 7 in 2010 and conceded that its essentially completed operating system will ship this year.
Windows 7 will be released to manufacturing in about three months, pending feedback on the current release candidate, senior vice president of the Windows and Windows Live engineering group Steven Sinofsky said Monday.
RTM is when the operating system will be considered finished, and mass-production will begin with code pressed on CDs and code sent to OEMs for installation on new PCs.
A three-month date puts the RTM in August, putting PCs running Windows 7 in retail stores in October for the holiday shopping season if the usual three-month production and channel ramp-up is followed.
Acer, the world's second-largest manufacturer of PCs, last month nailed the Windows 7 launch date as October 23.
To put things in some context, Windows XP - the predecessor to the current Windows Vista - was released to manufacturing in the month of August and officially launched that following October.
Sinofsky buried the three-month date deep within a blog posting about Microsoft's release schedule. Ever the player, Sinofsky couched his words in the standard Microsoft corporate caveats. "Ultimately our partners will determine when their PCs are available in the market," he wrote.
RTM will also depend on whether the feedback and telemetry on Windows 7 matches Microsoft expectations. Microsoft is monitoring feedback and telemetry from the current release-candidate phase on devices that are being installed, and drivers, system performance in the areas of start-up and shut down, and the responsiveness of Internet Explorer.
Sinofsky can say Microsoft is monitoring all it wants. This operating system's a tuned-up version of Windows Vista that's largely finished thanks to the heavy lifting done on that previous version of Windows.
Microsoft is now in the standard, final phase of testing with features locked down. Nothing short of a major code re-write thanks to some hidden architectural flaw, overlooked security hole, or coding gotcha is going to prevent Windows 7 in October.
Furthermore, Microsoft on Monday began talking "customer wins" for Windows 7 among business users, meaning that the company's marketing and communications people - the last phase in the development and delivery cycle - are spinning up. Microsoft cited Pella Corporation, Continental Airlines, and the City of Miami as early Windows 7 wins.
These were very likely existing Microsoft and Windows customers rather than "wins", though, and either signed up or were asked to be early adopters - and given early access to code - because of their size or perceived importance in the build and testing processes.
To help sell Windows 7 to business, Microsoft on Monday used some familiar ideas in connection with these customers: the ability to create a productive and efficient environment, control costs, and security and data protection for corporations and small-and-medium-sized companies. ®
Somebody call the Waaaaaaaahmbulance
Holy cow, what a bunch of girls.
You could actually try Windows 7. The RC is free until March 2010. Maybe you'll like it, maybe you will not. But at least you'd have some experience, eh?
Or, you could post a load of uninformed whiny shite on a Reg comments page, go all pouty and declare your undying devotion to XP, win2k or the Apple Tax.
That's a really useful insight on the Windows 7 vs Windows XP debate...
You probably don't use your PC for the same reasons as me, and that's fine. I'm no techie geek but I know how to build my own PC and make it work - and it seems that Windows 7 as the OS does a pretty good job of it.
Crap intel graphics support means XP will be around for a while.
Have been using the Windows 7 RC1 for a week or so now.
Its biggest downfall and the reason Windows XP will be around for several years to come is Intel Graphics Support, or should I say lack of it.
The Intel 'Centrino' Chipset was one of Intel biggest sellers for Laptops - that is the 82855 Chipset, which was followed more recently by the 915 Chipset.
Both these were developed before Microsoft issued the minimum standards for the Aero interface - neither of these chipset meet them. This meant that Aero was never supported by these chipsets on Vista and the reason to quite a lot of dissatisfaction with Vista - driver issues.
In 2008, 14 million Netbooks were sold using the 915 Chipset - and these aren't going to be supported by Windows 7, even though frustratingly it will run perfectly well on both Centrino and 915 Machines, other than the graphics. With Vista it didn't matter it was such a resource hog - there wasn't worth bothering trying - so you just stuck to Windows XP. But with Windows 7 is runs well (except the graphics), or should I say intel graphics.
When you install on a 82855 Chipset at the moment - it says no driver found - and defaults to standard VGA fixed at 800x600.
So any laptop with a centrino chipset 82855 or a 915 Chipset gets a better experience with Windows XP, that is DVD's work with hardware acceleration, iplayer/flash player runs smoothly.
Under Window 7 is appears as though your making an Aardman animation.
The scenario is this
You have a older Centrino Chipset Laptop. Your thinking of purchasing a new laptop (you've heard good things of Windows 7 and are thinking of giving your old Centrino Laptop to your kids. They want the latest and greatest. You decided to try out Windows 7 RC1 on your Centrino. You find driver issues ie. no graphis support - you decide Windows 7 is a heap of shit - and continue using XP. The new laptop (if you still buy one) you purchase it with Windows XP Downgraded or you just stick with your Centrino running XP.
Instead if there was a basic driver (ie no Aero, but graphics as good as XP), your find Windows 7 works happily on this old bit of kit, pretty fast - no issues, but iplayer in HD doesn't run smoothly as it might- you give this laptop to your kids. You buy a new one for yourself and are happy to have Windows 7 because you have had a good experience running on your older laptop, it was slightly slow hardware letting down Windows 7 rather than an issue with Windows 7. Intel don't get the blame / Microsoft don't get the blame.
Intel need to get their act together and get some basic support otherwise Windows XP is going to around for a hell of a lot longer. And many companies just won't make the jump.
And Microsoft... either allow a transistional hybrid driver that doesn't meet the specs - just to make sure Windows 7 is the experience it should be.
Its all the more frustrating because 5 years ago I was searching around to install Linux drivers to get dual display. Today Ubuntu - it just installs and I actually have an Aero type interface which works on the Centrino Chipset, not superfast but well enough. How the tables have turned regarding the effort required to get Windows 7 working compared to the new Version of Ubuntu 9.04.