Microsoft wants its fans to hold parties to celebrate the launch of Windows 7. After the spectacular failure of Windows Vista, is Microsoft back on track?
A warm reception
"It's a big deal for Microsoft," analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group in Silicon Valley, USA, told AFP. "Windows Vista was a train wreck."
It also lets people use PCs to record television programmes and then watch shows "on demand" at any Internet-linked computer using Microsoft's Live service.
"It performs well with a lot of hardware and software, and then it gets out of the way. It is not flashy, but it is solid."
Windows 7 will be available pre-loaded on personal computers as of Thursday, and people who bought Vista machines in recent months will be able to upgrade for free.
Date created : 2009-10-19