Windows 7: Consumer launch low key event

Microsoft's new OS sets sail in Sydney at the National Maritime Museum

  • Windows 7 is finally here, leaping off retail shelves in little blue- and green- and black-lined plastic containers. This time the launch had no Hamish and Andy, or Rove to spruik the software, and no Rolling Stones or Rogue Traders to start up the party. This time Microsoft decided to let Windows 7's speak for itself — with less whiz, more bang. Microsoft's customers, partners and assembled media were welcomed to the launch at the Sydney National Maritime Museum with Windows 7 themed cupcakes!

  • Acer's Lucy Millington and PC World Test Centre Manager Elias Plastiras discuss Acer's new range of PCs and notebooks at the event.

  • [[artnid:323236| Windows 7 could help PC, chip sectors rebound]]. Along with economic gains, the new operating system may drive buyers back to the market.

  • Toshiba's new Qosmio notebook is designed for gaming grunt. Although many PC gamers have [[artnid:323069|lamented the sorry state of gaming]] on Windows 7.

  • Dell's new machines, including the wafer-thin Dell Adamo XPS!

  • Asus' new range of laptops (offering 12 hours battery life)and touch PCs. Ted Chan Managing Director, Asus loves the touch features in Windows 7.

  • Tracey Fellows: Managing Director, Microsoft Australia & New Zealand. More than a billion people around the world use Windows every day and millions have provided input on what they want to see in an operating system. This feedback was built into the product.

  • Microsoft's General Manager James DeBragga says,"Over 40,000 hours of Windows 7 usage was logged from user research field trials with external customers (through our Living with Windows program where end users were recruited for longitudinal research to understand their usage of Windows 7).

  • Microsoft Australia's Jeff Putt kept the audience entertained with his tales of finding a pub in Seattle to watch the rugby, and tough testing the new Sony Vaio X-series notebook by standing on it.

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