Windows 7 launch planned for October 15?

— 9:33 AM on May 19, 2009

Three weeks ago, Acer let slip some pretty strong hints about Windows 7's release schedule, saying it would release an all-in-one desktop based on the OS on October 23. Today, Paul Thurrott of the SuperSite for Windows has also revealed a release date while discussing another topic.

Thurrott states plainly in his review of the Windows 7 release candidate, "You'll be able to get the final version of Windows 7 publicly on October 15, 2009, according to the current schedule. . . . Mark your calendar." That statement leaves room for Microsoft to move things around, although coupled with the Acer slip-up, it certainly makes a mid- to late-October launch sound that much likelier.

Microsoft itself hasn't been anywhere near that specific when talking about release dates. Previously, the official line was that Windows 7 would come within three years of Windows Vista's general availability dateā€”so, by the end of January 2010. A few days ago, however, the software maker confirmed that Windows 7 will be out "in time for the holiday shopping season." Windows Server 2008 R2 should come out in the same time frame, as well.

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