Tech-heads rush to buy highly rated Windows?7

2009-10-22 00:00

TODAY sees the worldwide launch of Windows 7, the follow-up operating system to Vista, which was dismally received by computer users of the Microsoft product.

Microsoft operating systems run more than 90% of the computers in the world, and versions of the company’s popular programmes such as Word, Outlook and Excel are further developed with the evolution of Windows and subsequent releases.

Mohamed Iqbal Chohan of Save Cash and Carry said the store had pre-sales of over 30 units yesterday. The best seller was the “Professional” version, followed by the “Ultimate”. “We’ve had other calls on ‘Home Premium’ and ‘Home Basic’ …”

Chohan said customers are interested in how stable Windows 7 is and how long it will be before Windows XP gets outdated.

It would appear Microsoft has learned its lesson from its Vista flop and has been working with computer makers, users and software developers while crafting Windows 7 — the result being an increased expectation for the new product’s launch.

The initial beta test by eight million people who have dabbled with Windows 7 has generated rave reviews, saying it is everything Vista should have been.

New features include enabling household items such as computers, televisions, radios and digital picture frames to talk to each other. Windows 7 also lets people use PCs to record television programmes and then watch shows “on demand” at any Internet-linked computer using Microsoft’s “Live” service.

“This is going to be the next XP where it sticks around for a very long time,” said analyst Matt Rosoff of Directions on Microsoft, a private firm focused on tracking the software firm.

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