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Windows 7 RC Dated, Q3 Results Show Decline

Gordon Kelly


Windows 7 RC Dated, Q3 Results Show Decline

Couple of big Microsoft stories to close off the week...

For users the major news is the Windows 7 Release Candidate has finally been given an official release date: 5 May. MSDN and TechNet professionals will get it five days earlier on 30 April.

The 'RC' - as it is more commonly known - is a huge deal as it is the first version of the next generation operating system which Microsoft considers to be ready for final release. All the features will be locked down and other than perhaps the odd bug or tweak it should be what we get when Windows 7 launches sometime this summer. The big news here is the addition of remote media streaming (lookout Orb) and the inclusion of an 'XP Mode' which emulates the popular OS and should make older software run without a hitch.

For impatient types, both 32bit and 64bit versions of 'Build 7100' can already be found on tracker sites around the web including, yes, The Pirate Bay.

For corporate types and those unlucky enough to own shares in the current environment, the larger news will be the reporting of Microsoft's Q3 financial results. During the revenue for the quarter hit $13.65bn with net income of $4.44bn. Incredibly sales were down for the period - the first time this has happened in its 23 year history as a public company.

Microsoft also revealed a $290m cost related to the redundancies of more than 5,000 staff and $420m of impairments to investments.

When Windows 7 hits, expect things to turnaround - though the company is hardly struggling...!


Windows 7 Homepage

Financial Results Official Statement


April 27, 2009, 3:23 am

Now all we need is a gorgeous all in one like the iMac to really take it to Apple!

Martin Daler

April 27, 2009, 3:27 am

so do I hold off ordering my new PC, or will Microsoft be offering a free upgrade path anytime soon? I don't want to pay twice, but of course neither do I wish to injure Dell's cash flow...


April 27, 2009, 4:14 am

@Martin - no chance of it being a free upgrade, hold fire on a new PC for now.


April 27, 2009, 4:38 am

Wait, didn't they offer a free upgrade from XP-->Vista just before its release? Although if that is the case they still wouldn't be doing that until nearer the full release.

Martin Daler

April 27, 2009, 4:45 am




April 27, 2009, 6:25 am

What exactly does Windows 7 add over Vista?


April 27, 2009, 7:42 am

@Xiphias - oh Xiphias, you'll have to read the previous articles all available on this site and many others.

@smc8788 - not that I know of


April 27, 2009, 12:32 pm

@Xiphias : what about (Vista) SP2? :)


April 27, 2009, 12:35 pm

with vista they had a timeframe near release where if you bought a computer with xp you did get a free vista upgrade when it came out. just need to make sure which verion they give you though.


April 27, 2009, 1:34 pm


Some sanity.


April 27, 2009, 6:54 pm

@ Martin, Gordon, smc8788

If you buy a PC or laptop on or after July 1st '09 with Vist Home Premium, Business or Ultimate then you are eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 7 when it is released. The

versions will sync so Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium, Vista Business to Windows 7 Professional, Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Ultimate.

Also the bird is the word

Martin Daler

April 27, 2009, 10:21 pm


Oh, well, temptation got the better of me anyway. But where are you getting this stuff from? I can't find anything 'official' about a free upgrade voucher once Windows 7 is imminent - I just supposed that the likes of Dell would offer such to prevent their orders drying up once Windows 7 is on the horizon.

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