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Windows 7 Release Date

News around the fire has been limited to speculation about when the new version of Windows, simply called “Windows 7”, will be available for public consumption. We’ve all been hearing a “sometime this fall”, generalization, but yesterday Microsoft finally came clean.


Clear your calendars, for October 22nd, 2009. That’s when you’ll be able to buy one of Windows 7’s six different SKUs. Here’s a breakdown of what will be available and a summary of each one’s limitations/features.

-Windows 7 Starter (limited to three simultaneous applications)
-Windows 7 Home Basic (for emerging markets)
-Windows 7 Home Premium (adds Aero user interface, Touch, Media Center)
-Windows 7 Professional (Remote Desktop host, Mobility Center, Presentation mode)
-Windows 7 Enterprise (volume license only, boot from virtual drive, BitLocker)
-Windows 7 Ultimate (limited availability, includes everything)

Go here to get all of the gory details.