In response to Acer spilling the Windows 7 release date earlier this month Microsoft has bravely come out and declared that yes indeed "Windows 7 will be available to customers in time for the holiday shopping season." Well I never!
"Microsoft is committed to ensuring that IT professionals and developers continue to have the platform and technologies to drive maximum value and business results," said Microsoft Windows Business Senior VP Bill Veghte. "Getting the most out of IT investments is even more important in today's economy. With early RC testing and extensive partner feedback we've received, Windows 7 is tracking well for holiday availability."
So holiday availability like 23 October? As in Acer UK MD Bobby Watkins declaring "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."
Obviously dates can change but if Windows 7 isn't here by October/November time I'd be amazed given it has had near flawless Beta and Release Candidate testing periods. Speaking of which, if you can't be bothered with the official bluster, just go grab the RC and see what all the fuss is about for yourself...