Windows 7 hits Australian retail shelves

Windows 7 hits Australian retail shelves

Retail customers finally have access to the full version of Microsoft's new operating system

Windows 7 has finally been released to consumers via Microsoft’s retail network.

The vendor held its official launch to media and the public in Sydney today, with virtual participation made possible through a Web feed and twitter.

In the keynote, Microsoft Australia managing director, Tracey Fellows, said the Windows 7 platform was very consumer friendly.

“Windows 7 is the PC simplified,” she claimed. “For this release, we listened to what our customers wanted – over eight million people participated in the Beta program.”

Windows 7 has been rolled out in a number of organisations already, and 40,000 of the 220,000 students and teachers to be provisioned with netbooks under the NSW Department of Education and Training (DET) tender have already received netbooks running the operating system.

A collection of channel organisations have also applauded the new operating system for its performance and stability, and a range of multinational PC vendors including Acer, Lenovo and HP have already released systems in anticipation of Windows 7’s release.

The commercial launch was headed by Microsoft retail partners, such as Harvey Norman and Dick Smith. A number of the retailers held special promotions, such as midnight or early morning openings to celebrate the launch.

However, Dick Smith general manager, Debra Singh, said it was not the kind of launch that featured huge queues.

“We’re expecting PC and notebook sales to pick up again as people upgrade – I think they were holding off, as the last few weeks have been fairly soft,” Singh said.

Check out images of the Sydney Windows 7 launch here.

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