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Microsoft reveals Windows 7 launch date

New Windows operating system will ship in October

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Microsoft has announced October 22 as the launch date of its new operating system Windows 7.

The launch date was originally set for 2010, but the computer giant has brought the release date forward after a test version was well received.

Microsoft said: ‘We’ve produced the best Windows operating system ever, designed according to how people want to use it.’

Windows 7 upgrade

Windows 7 follows on from Microsoft Vista, which was widely felt did not live up to Microsoft’s hype.

Which? Computing put a test version of Windows 7 through its paces and found it faster, more attractive and more power efficient than Vista.

Windows 7 will also run on netbooks, which at the moment run on XP or Linux because Vista was too big to run on them.

Microsoft will offer Windows users an upgrade service called the Windows Upgrade Option.

The launch date details were revealed during a keynote by Microsoft corporate vice president Steve Guggenheimer at Computex in Taipei.

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