Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Windows 7 hits Shelves

Local hardware vendors will be shipping machines licensed with Microsoft's latest operating system.

Microsoft SA MD Mteto Nyati says his family will get a good night's sleep for the first time in a long time.

Arguably Microsoft's most anticipated operating system created, Windows 7 hits South African shelves today.

Speaking at a gala event held in Sandton last night, Microsoft SA MD Mteto Nyati said: “This is a significant moment for Microsoft and the industry as a whole.” He said Windows Vista had represented a bad time in the company's history, and lauded the end of an era.

“The Nyati family will get a good night's sleep tonight,” he said.

Nyati said the company was pleased about the reception of the operating system, by local hardware sellers and independent software vendors. “They have bought into the Windows 7 platform and some have gone as far as to become 7 certified.”

Early in the year, Microsoft released the Beta version of Windows 7 as a free download, which saw eight million users download the new operating system worldwide. Many have been using the release candidate or the release to manufacture version of the operating system since, in anticipation of the final release.

Those users who were not brave enough to run with the new operating system and are still running Windows Vista can upgrade to Windows 7. However, the company says consumers and businesses should check with their original vendors on the process.

Earlier this month, IDC's director of vertical industry practice in the Middle East and Africa, Mark Walker, said Windows 7 is likely to do well, even considering the current economic climate.

“The operating system is meaner and cleaner than its predecessor. It has gone back to the first principles,” he says. Vista was a nightmare for Microsoft, he added. “When your biggest partner doesn't adopt an OS, you have a problem.” He explained that Intel has decided to roll out Windows 7 where it held off installing Vista.

The company will be pleased with the global rebound of PC sales, and the looming business technology refresh.

David Caygill, business unit director at Comztek, said at last night's event that South African businesses need waste no time embracing the new OS. He said his company's bold early adoption strategy was already paying dividends by streamlining its mission-critical IT operations.

“We identified a lot of functional and monetary benefits of Windows 7 early on. Most important is that Windows 7 works. It's stable, responsive and helping us maintain a cost-effective IT business,” he added.

At the event, Microsoft also announced the release of a new range of Windows phones, which it believes will further boost its growing presence in the local mobile sector.

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