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Win7 Forecast: 58M Copies by Fall; 75% Market by 2011

As we near the release of Microsoft's Windows 7 in October, insiders are now trying to predict just how popular it will be amongst consumers. A recent report suggests it could be very successful indeed. According to industry analysts IDC, Windows 7 ... should account for approximately half of all client operating systems shipped to corporate users by the year 2010. IDC predicts that should mean about 58 million copies of the new OS, which is set to ship October 22, 2009. Vista's Eclipse on Horizon The prediction means a quick eclipse of Windows Vista and even the long-lasting Windows XP, the ... (view more)

Mon
06
Jul
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Win7 RTM Ahead of Schedule, Report Suggests

It appears that Microsoft is inching closer to completing its much-anticipated operating system (OS), Windows 7. According to reports, the new OS should be headed to manufacturing in one week, on July 13th, just in time for the Worldwide Partner ... Conference (WPC09) in New Orleans. Tech blog Geeksmack has confirmed that Windows 7 will indeed be "Released to Manufacture," otherwise known as RTM, a week from today. However, the Redmond-based company plans to test the new operating system right up until the end, in an attempt to work out all of the kinks prior to July 13th. MS Seeks Redemption ... (view more)

Fri
26
Jun
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Windows 7 $49 Upgrade Deal Starts Today

Microsoft is now offering users in six countries Windows 7 at around half the standard price -- for a limited time, of course. The deal is open to existing Vista owners and involves paying now then getting the upgrade when Windows is released. In ... the United States, the offer means customers can get an upgrade from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium for $49, and from Vista 7 Professional to Windows 7 Professional for $99. That compares with standard upgrade prices of $119.99 and $199.99 respectively. Surprisingly, Windows 7 Ultimate, the other main retail edition of Windows Vista, is ... (view more)

Thu
11
Jun
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Controversy Erupts over Best Buy Memo, Rips Vista

Big news was made yesterday when a leaked Best Buy memo revealed the retailer's plans to sell Microsoft's highly anticipated Windows 7 operating system as early as June, for as cheap as $49.99. Interesting enough, the same memo characterizes ... Microsoft's last OS, Windows Vista, as outdated. Yesterday it was announced, or unearthed, that Best Buy would make available for pre-release the Win7 Home Premium Upgrade and Windows 7 Professional Upgrade from June 26 until July 11. Each would cost $49.99 and $99.99, respectively, with shipments arriving after the October 22 release. "Less ... (view more)

Fri
05
Jun
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Russia Probes Anti-Monopoly Over WinXP Cutoff Date

Not ready to abandon Windows XP in favor of the much-maligned Vista? Neither are the Russians, whose government recently launched an investigation into Microsoft's decision to stop selling the popular operating system on new PCs there. Reports ... emerged yesterday stating that an official Russian anti-monopoly group had commenced an inquiry into Microsoft's controversial decision to cease the resale of Windows XP on new computers. The OS remains very popular in that country; most consumers there are against Microsoft's cutoff date of July 31, when it plans to prevent retailers from shipping XP ... (view more)

Wed
03
Jun
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XP to Vista 64bit: Should I upgrade?

NOTE: Be sure to grab my supplemental report '10 Key Concepts of PC Optimization' at the end of this article for more great tips like this one -- or click here to download now! Infopackets Reader 'lde4' writes: " Dear Dennis, I'm currently using ... Windows XP Home Edition SP2 (32 Bit). I ordered a new computer with Windows Vista Home Premium (64 Bit) with Service Pack 1. Question: Can I use all my old XP programs and games with my new computer using Vista 64bit? " My response: The quick and short answer: not all XP programs are compatible with Vista (32bit or 64bit, for that matter). As for ... (view more)

Thu
14
May
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Win7 Hardware Compatibility Much Improved over Vista

Microsoft says it's working with 10,000 software and hardware manufacturers to maximize the compatibility of Windows 7, in an attempt to avoid one of the most critical issues with Windows Vista. Bill Veghte, the Microsoft executive who oversees ... Windows development, says the work of 10,000 firms towards optimum compatibility is evidence that his company is serious about making the Windows 7 experience a convenient, easy, and enjoyable one. Veghte went on to say that the current efforts are unprecedented for the release candidate stage and Microsoft normally doesn't get to the 10,000 firm ... (view more)

Wed
13
May
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Key Features in Windows 7: Upgrading from XP, Vista

As Windows 7 slowly creeps towards its holiday season release date , consumers will undoubtedly be wondering if the upgrade is worth it. In this article we'll briefly discuss some of the key features in Windows 7 that you won't find in Vista or XP. ... Let's start with the features new to Windows 7 -- particularly those that will be most appealing to consumers interested in making an early upgrade, or buying a new PC with Windows 7 loaded. Customization and Power Saving Options Perhaps the best part of Windows 7 is its customization options. To say the least, this is the most configurable ... (view more)

Tue
12
May
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MS Confirms: Windows 7 to arrive before Christmas

In the tech world, Christmas time is key to successful sales. Failing to release Windows Vista by December 25, 2006 was a large setback for Microsoft, which afterwards watched in vain as consumers opted for the older XP instead. It's not clear if a ... Christmas release would have changed that for the likes of Vista, but holiday sales may have helped cement it as a 'must-have' for consumers. That said, Microsoft will likely not make that same mistake again. The Redmond-based company has confirmed that Windows 7 will in fact be released in time for the holidays, and the move could help drive up ... (view more)

Tue
21
Apr
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'Volta', and 'Top 9 Tweaks For A Faster Vista'

Volta Volta is a Microsoft Live Lab experimental developer toolset that allows you to build complex web applications. It has been unavailable for a while, but a download has been made available via BrotherSoft. http://www.brothersoft.com Top 9 ... Tweaks For A Faster Vista Tired of Vista's sluggish startup and load times? They can make operating a Vista machine feel like a not-so-pleasant time warp back to the late 1980s. Below is a list of features that offer tweaks for the UAC (User Account Control), system restore and indexing, sidebar, themes, and lots more. http://www.blackviper.com Today's ... (view more)

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