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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Microsoft to launch Windows 7 by year-end

HYDERABAD: Software giant Microsoft is gearing up to release the next version of its operating system, Windows 7, by the end of the current year and has plans to release the final product of Windows Server 2008 R2, already available as release candidate, in the same timeframe.

Unlike the “well talked about but not quite popular” previous operating system Windows Vista, the new system would be “more talked about and more popular”, Microsoft Corporation Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said adding that the new system would be simple to use, more reliable and secure.

Mr. Ballmer made the announcement while delivering the keynote address at the Microsoft’s mega exhibition India chapter of the Tech.Ed here on Wednesday.

Mr. Ballmer, co-founder of the IT giant along with Bill Gates, expressed concern over the economic recession, which he preferred to call as economic reset, something of contraction in the technical business.

The economic resetting was necessitated as the economic activity grew along with population and debt. “Too much of money was borrowed and it was used to fund capital expenditure. IT spending is coming down and economy is not going to grow from debt over the next five and ten years,” Mr. Ballmer said.

Global economy was witnessing ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ change and the bad news was that “the next generation is unlikely to learn from the current generation”.

But, this threw open a huge opportunity for the industry to play a starring role in the economic recovery with the next wave of growth set to come from innovation and productivity.

Stating that information technology mattered more than ever in the current “tough time”, he said the future growth would depend even more on innovation in the sector where “we are under pressure to do more with less”.

Businesses would continue to ask for more as they were not satisfied with the existing speed to deploy the new products.

Mr. Ballmer explained to the participants about the features of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 as well as other products lined up, including the Azure services platform and VSTS 2010, which are set to democratise the applications lifecycle development.

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