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Acer Spills Windows 7 Release Date

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Acer Spills Windows 7 Release Date

We have a date!

Speaking to journalists at ZDNet and Pocket-lint today Acer let the big one slip, not once but twice through two different representatives.

Talking to ZDNet Acer European President Massimo D'Angelo began the foot in mouth fun when discussing the company's new range of All In One PCs. In responding to the question of whether they would be ship with Microsoft's new OS he explained: "No, when it's in store it won't have Windows 7 pre-loaded. We won't be actually selling it a day before the 23rd October".

Perish the thought this could be considered ambiguous because Acer UK MD Bobby Watkins then told Pocket-lint: "23rd October is the date the Windows 7 will be available. There is a 30 day upgrade time so that customers don't wait to buy a new computer, so if you buy during that 30 day period, you'll get a free upgrade to Windows 7."

Pretty hard to make things any more unequivocal than that!

Naturally we've chased up Microsoft on this issue and been told the official Microsoft line is its in the process of putting together a statement but until then it will decline to comment. Which sounds like either a) Damn, the game's up - let's carefully word our fess up, or b) Let's move the date a few weeks either side and be able to issue a denial.

Either way, it seems highly unlikely such senior Acer execs would both have their information wrong so we expect this one to pan out. On a practical aside: Windows 7 beta testers, you might as well install the Release Candidate because it appears the final version will debut after the beta's 1 August expiry date.

Update: Microsoft has come back with a long comment that's essentially a no comment:

"On 30 April we made the Release Candidate (RC) of Windows 7 available for download to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Windows 7 Release Candidate is a major business and engineering milestone, and indicates that the operating system is entering the final phases of development. Windows 7 RC is the result of feedback from millions of customers and partners around the world, and is ready for partners to develop and test applications, device drivers and services. As we have said for some time, we are committed to making Windows 7 available within three years of the General Availability of Windows Vista."

Thrilling, no? So 23 October it appears to be!


1000000567 10012672o-2000331777b 00.htm via ZDNet

via Pocket-lint

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May 1, 2009, 9:42 am

Windows 7, who cares?

I'd rather save my money in times like these than upgrading an OS, which could mean bugs, lack of drivers, upgrading older printers and peripherals, maybe even the PC, as well as application software and utilities, plugins, shareware, codecs... , that may not be fully compatible with the OS, and continuous patching, re=patching, SPs not just for the OS but also for the other applications to work with it. I have better things to do and buy with my time and money, when XP is doing everything I really need.

Thanks for your reviews.

prag fest

May 1, 2009, 1:42 pm

I care.

XP has been a great workhorse, but it's time to move on. From using the beta, 7 is a fine OS and I'm looking forward to running the final product.

Hamish Campbell

May 1, 2009, 1:46 pm

@BBen - But look how shiny it is!!


May 1, 2009, 1:56 pm


"Windows 7, who cares?"

IT Professionals, experienced users, advanced users, people who are holding off buying a new machine until the new OS is available, retailers, hardware manufacturers, software vendors, IT trainers, the media, Microsoft, Apple (yes really), IT departments and me for a start!


May 1, 2009, 2:10 pm

@BBen, what your saying makes total sense, but I'll be upgrading as I'm currently on Vista, and to be honest it isn't as bad as some people make out, turn of UAC and it's actually workable, apart from copying files slower than I could type them. :) DRM maybe?.

Apart from that if we all decided to stick with OS's we felt comfortable with, then we'd all be using Windows 3.11 now, or even MS DOS?.

Also for important stuff I tend to use VirtualBox so my main OS isn't that important.


May 1, 2009, 3:19 pm

At least I know when I'll be buying my next laptop now. I've skipped the whole Vista generation and everyone I know that has used the Beta of Win 7 has been raving about it. I've got a spare HDD for my ancient (but still usable) Dell XPS Gen 2 laptop so I'm tempted to have a play with the release candidate to see if it can get me all excited too.


May 1, 2009, 4:58 pm

This seems comical. It's almost like the ACER execs decided to make up a date & have a laugh just to get some extra exposure. October seems awfully soon for Win7 to be ready.

@BBen: Bah humbug. Lighten up Scrooge, Win7 is the future and a much more efficient (and prettier) OS and really will save you time. Try the RC, that costs you nothing. The saved time more than makes up for the cost.

@Vivid: People rave about Win7 (as I do myself) cos it's just a better Vista, and Vista actually is fine now with SP1. But nobody can rave about Vista cos it's too bogged down in bad press now, so they give it all to 7 instead.


May 1, 2009, 5:58 pm


Microsoft will never admit it, but Vista was always meant as a stop-gap release a la WinME.


May 1, 2009, 7:31 pm

An October release date seems entirely plausible. The betas and RCs are stable and polished so RTM can't be that far off.

Vista is tainted in the eyes of Joe Public. Rightly or wrongly many people don't want it. I still build more machines with XP than Vista but signs are Windows 7 will gain acceptance. And deservedly so based on what we've seen so far.


May 1, 2009, 7:42 pm

The timing on this is pretty poor, with service pack 1 released Vista adoption is starting to ramp up so by the time the free windows 7 offer starts you're going to see 40-50% of people using vista, a lot of whom will have only had their PC for a year.

Nick Hustak

May 4, 2009, 4:53 pm

Have to disagree on the WinME comment. It seems to me Windows 7 is closer to Vista SP2 given the timing. Granted it's had a bit more visual tweaks than you'd normally get in a SP, but they had to distance themselves from the Vista brand/feel.

Irregardless, as long as the networking & memory issues are fixed, I'm happy it's coming. The x64 RC seems pretty stable, but without installing my plethora of workstation software on it, most of my tests are meaningless.

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