Microsoft announced today that Windows 7 will be released October 22nd.Â Â Although Microsoft said Windows 7 would be out in time for the holiday period, I doubt many people expected such an early date.Â A Windows 7 RTM build should hit the streets around August.
Users who purchase a Windows Vista based system from the summer should expect to be offered an upgrade offer, rather than having to pay the full price to buy Windows 7.
Manufacturers already seem to be licking their lips in anticipation of Windows 7′s release, so expect to be bombarded with Windows 7 promotions this Christmas:
“We’re locked and loaded for the launch,” McKinney said. “The quality of code is just absolutely stellar.” Phil McKinney, chief technology officer of Hewlett-Packard’s computer unit.
Will you be upgrading to Windows 7 on launch day?Â Will you wait until Windows 7 SP1 or continue runinng Windows 7 RC/RTM for as long as possible?
Update: Interested users can check out the official Microsoft Press release that is mentioned October 22 as the release data.