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Windows 7 RTM in July

Microsoft plans to release Windows 7 to PC manufacturers some time this month. The company mentioned that detail while announcing the promotion of Steven Sinofsky as president of the Windows Division.

Windows 7 is set for general release on Oct. 22. Details on the volume licensing of Windows 7 will be available on Sept. 1, according to Bill Veghte, Microsoft's senior vice president for the Windows Business, speaking at WPC on Monday.

Veghte also told the Microsoft partner crowd that there will be a limited-time promotion in which Microsoft will offer a 15 to 35 percent discount on Windows 7 to customers. Veghte also said that Microsoft plans to double the internal use rights for Windows 7 customers.

Analyst firm IDC predicts that there will be 177 million Windows 7 shipments by the end of 2010.

Posted by Kurt Mackie on 07/14/2009 at 1:17 PM


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