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Well, the big day is finally upon us. After weeks of speculation, Windows 7 has hit the major milestone of becoming ‘RTM’, short for ‘release to manufacturing’. What this means is that the developers have polished off all corners and the much-awaited operating system is ready to be loaded on to discs and machines for its launch.
“Today we have reached a significant milestone in delivering Windows 7 to manufacturing,” said G. Ramesh, Director, Windows Client, Microsoft India. “Windows 7 reflects an evolved approach to engineering that weaves customer and partner feedback more closely into the development process.”
Industry response was quite positive, as Indian big-wigs stepped forward to support the new OS, touted by many as Microsoft’s best yet.
Commenting on the milestone, Diptesh Ghosh, Category Head, Consumer Notebooks, Personal Systems Group, HP India, said: "We are very confident about the potential of Windows 7 and the enhanced value it will deliver to users. The development process has been collaborative and we have worked with Microsoft to ensure that the product conforms to customer requirements. Due to this early collaboration, at HP we have engineered truly innovative PCs – from thin and light notebooks to high-performance desktops – that will provide advanced performance, compelling user experiences and more functionality overall."
“We’re excited about the potential of Windows 7 and the combined value we can provide to our customers. Microsoft has got the fundamentals right – Windows 7 performs better and works with existing software and hardware. The new OS also gives Wipro an ideal platform to deliver a far more enriched and differentiated experience to customers,” said Ashok Tripathy, General Manager and Head, Wipro Systems and Technology, Wipro Limited.
S Rajendran, Chief Marketing Officer, Acer India, shared similar views, “At Acer, we are quite excited to partner with Microsoft to usher in the new Windows 7 platform across our product range. We believe it would be a defining moment for the customer. It has a whole range of pluses - less demanding on resources, an elegantly intuitive user interface, significant improvements in security, power management and stability. These would go to render a wholesome customer experience delivering tangible productivity benefits.”
Of course, consumers will still have to wait for October 22 to get their hands on the final version of Windows 7. However, get ready to expect some leaked copies out on peer-to-peer networks early on, since Windows Volume License customers, MSDN subscribers and TechNet subscribers will be getting the new OS in the coming weeks itself.