Microsoft rolls out Windows 7
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 22, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
Microsoft Corp. began to
roll out Windows 7 operation system on Thursday with the hope of
shaking off the negative image created by previous Vista version
and maintain its dominance on the global market of personal
computer (PC) operating systems.
New Zealand became the first country to kick off the global
launch of Windows 7, as hundreds of people attended events in
Wellington and Auckland on Thursday morning.
Events are planned around the globe over the next 24 hours and
will culminate with a ceremony in New York where Microsoft chief
executive officer (CEO) Steve Ballmer formally unveils the new
operating system at 11:00 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT).
Wooing customers to migrate to Windows 7 is crucial for
Microsoft as Windows Vista, the software giant's previous
operating system released about three years ago, was poorly
received with performance and compatibility problems, analysts
Many users of Windows XP, the version that was released eight
years ago, have been reluctant to upgrade to Vista.
"Windows 7 will definitely swing the negative impression left
by Vista to a very positive experience," Dr. Huihong Luo, a
software expert and founder of VMLite, a Silicon Valley company
focusing on innovative virtualization technologies, told Xinhua in
Windows 7 offers many new features such as revamped taskbar,
improved file management and navigation, improved parental
control, multi-touch and gesture, he said.
"It offers better performance, reliability and security. These
improvements are pervasive to every level of the experience,
ranging from the very low level kernel tweaks that make the whole
system to run better and more robust, to the very high end user
features that make Windows 7 much easier to get jobs done, and at
the same time, you will find much fun," Luo noted.
Personally, "I would highly recommend Windows 7," he said.
The launch of Windows 7 ahead of the holiday shopping season
has been anticipated by the PC industry to be a catalyst for
computer sales. Several major PC makers are set to launch new
products Thursday to coincide with the release of the new
However, some analysts said they are not expecting Windows 7 to
provide a significant boost to PC sales immediately.
"We anticipate renewed interest in hardware upgrades from
consumers and small business during the holiday season as a result
of Windows 7's release. In the corporate market, Windows 7's
adoption is not expected to ramp up until late 2010," Mikako
Kitagawa, principal analyst at market research firm Gartner, said
earlier this month.
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