Ballmer to headline Windows 7 launch in New York City

Ballmer to headline Windows 7 launch in New York City

Summary: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will kick off the Windows 7 launch at an event in New York City on October 22, according to an invitation Microsoft has sent to various media members and bloggers.

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will kick off the Windows 7 launch at an event in New York City on October 22, according to an invitation Microsoft has sent to various media members and bloggers.

To date, Microsoft officials have declined to answer repeated requests as to whether Microsoft planned to hold a big-bang launch event for Windows 7 when the product becomes generally available on October 22 or a number of smaller, decentralized events in various cities.

Microsoft held its consumer launch for Windows Vista in New York City on January 30, 2007.

From an invitation sent by Microsoft public relations (which I didn't receive, but one of my colleagues did):

"We also wanted to let you know that you will be receiving an invitation to a Microsoft event in NYC on October 22nd to celebrate the availability and launch of Windows 7. With Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaking and exciting new hardware from our partners, we're looking forward to sharing Windows 7 with the world."

Microsoft business launch tour for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange Server 2010 kicks off in the U.S. on August 29 September 28.  Microsoft plans to hold a virtual press conference for business users of these products on November 9, officials said. The theme of the business launch is the "new efficiency" and how users can, with less, do more, with these new products.

Topics: Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Developers, developers, developers, developers... [nt]

    [nt]
    olePigeon
    • When will .Net 4.0 come out? Talking about DEVELOPERS.

      At least give us a projected date.
      LBiege
      • I've heard that ...

        ... 1H 2010 is a pretty reasonable window of expectation.
        de-void-21165590650301806002836337787023
  • Here's to that rounding error getting smaller

    :D
    Gnutella
  • RE: Ballmer to headline Windows 7 launch in New York City

    Sweet! Wish I could be there to see it. Who knows, maybe something will come up in NYC and I'll be there.
    Loverock Davidson
  • RE: Ballmer to headline Windows 7 launch in New York City

    I saw Ballmer Speak at the kickoff to Windows 95 in NYC back in the day...
    JoseTorr
  • Wait just a second...

    ...MJF you weren't invited?! You'd have been in my top 10 list of invites!
    GoodThings2Life
  • The logic in such a late date

    What is the purpose in delaying the official launch so many months (3+) after RTM? It seems to me MS is just ceding market share in doing this.

    Why put it into everyone's hands (corporate, devs, OEMs, and every other paid MS program) and leave out the general consumer?

    Apple certainly doesn't do this, with a turnaround time between RTM and retail of a couple weeks. MS is handing Apple a two-month head start -- and Win7 actually RTM'd weeks earlier!
    rseiler
    • The Answer to the logic.

      Unlike Apple which has a very limited chipset to support with OS-X 10.6, Microsoft has to make sure all the technologies involved works.

      Motherboards from the following:

      Acer Inc.
      Albatron
      AOpen
      Arima Computer Corporation (Flextronics)
      ASUS
      ASRock
      Advansus (industrial motherboards)
      BFG Technologies
      Biostar
      Chassis Plans
      Chaintech (ceased manufacturing motherboards)
      DFI
      Elitegroup Computer Systems (also PCChips)
      EPoX
      eVGA
      First International Computer
      Foxconn
      Gigabyte Technology
      Gumstix
      Intel
      IWill
      Jetway
      Lanner Inc (industrial motherboards)
      Leadtek
      Manli
      Magic-Pro
      Micro-Star International
      Palit
      PCP
      PNY Technologies
      Powercolor
      Quanmax
      Sapphire Technology
      Shuttle Inc.
      Soyo Group Inc
      Supermicro
      Tyan
      Universal abit (formerly ABIT)
      VIA Technologies
      Vigor Gaming
      XFX
      Zotac

      Chipsets from the follwing:

      Intel
      AMD
      Nvidia
      VIA Technologies
      Silicon Integrated Systems

      Network Cards from the following:

      Atheros
      Aztech
      3Com
      Bigfoot Networks
      Belkin
      Cisco
      CNet
      D-Link
      EdiMax
      Hawking Technology
      Intel
      Linksys
      Netgear
      Raza Microelectronics
      Rosewill
      SMC Networks
      STARTECH
      TRENDnet
      Zonet Technologies, Inc.
      Zoom

      Power Supples from the following:

      AeroCool
      Akasa
      Antec
      APEVIA
      Athena Power
      Athenatech U.S.A. Inc.
      ATOP Technology
      BFG Technologies
      BGears
      Broadway Com Corp
      Channel Well Technology
      Chieftec
      Codegen Technology
      Compucase
      Cooltek
      Cooler Master
      Corsair Memory
      Dynapower USA
      EAGLE TECH
      Enermax
      ETASIS Electronics
      E-POWER
      Foxconn
      FSP Group (brand name Fortron Source)
      Gigabyte Technology
      GreatWall
      HEC Compucase
      Hiper
      Hipro Technology Inc.
      In Win
      I-Star Computer Co. Ltd
      Jeantech
      Kingwin Inc.
      Koolance
      LC-Power
      Lian-Li
      linkworld
      Mushkin
      NesteQ
      Nexus
      NZXT
      OCZ Technology
      PC Power and Cooling
      Raidmax
      Rosewill
      Seasonic
      Seventeam
      Sigma Product
      SilverStone Technology
      Sparkle Power Inc.
      Spec-Research
      STARTECH
      Tacens
      Tagan Technology
      Thermaltake
      TOPOWER
      Trust
      Tuncmatik
      TUNIQ
      Vantec
      VisionTek
      Winsis
      XClio
      XIGMATEK
      Xilence
      Zalman

      Printers from the following:

      Brother
      Canon
      Olivetti
      Epson
      HP
      Lenovo
      Lexmark
      OKI
      Panasonic
      PENTAX
      Planon
      Dell
      Ricoh
      Samsung
      Kodak
      Konica Minolta
      Kyocera
      Xerox
      TVS

      Memory from the following:

      A-Data
      Adtec
      Aeneon
      All Components, Inc.
      Apacer
      Asus
      ATP
      Bit4Ram
      Buffalo Technology
      Century
      CEON
      CFD
      Centon Electronics
      Corsair Memory
      DataRam
      Dynet
      Edge
      Elixir
      Eudar
      Fujitsu
      GEIL
      Greenhouse
      G.Skill
      HP
      Hyundai
      IBM
      Infineon
      IO-DATA
      Itaucom
      K-Byte
      Kingmax
      Kingston Technology
      Kreton
      Kyocera
      Lenovo
      Lifetime Memory Products, Inc.
      MemoryTen
      Micron Technology (brand name Crucial Technology)
      Mushkin
      NCP
      Novatech Solutions
      OCZ Technology
      Patriot Memory
      PNY
      PowerChip
      PQI
      ProMos
      Rambus
      Ramtron International
      Raxmaxel
      Rendition
      Renesas Technology
      Samsung Electronics
      Shikatronics
      Simpletech
      Smart Modular
      Sony
      Spec Tek
      Super Talent Technology
      SupremeTop
      Swissbit
      SyncMAx
      TECHWORKS
      Toshiba
      Transcend
      Tyan
      TwinMos
      V-DATA
      Ventura Technology Group
      Viking InterWorks
      Chaintech
      Wintec

      SSD's from the following:

      A-Data
      BiTMICRO
      Corsair Memory
      Fusion io
      HyperOS Systems
      Intel
      Kingston Technology
      Lexar
      Memoright
      Micron Technology
      Mtron
      OCZ Technology
      Patriot Memory
      PNY Technologies
      PQI
      Ridata
      RITEK
      Samsung Electronics
      SanDisk
      STEC, Inc.
      Super Talent Technology
      Transcend

      Video cards from the following:

      AMD (ATI division)
      Nvidia
      VIA Technologies (S3 Graphics division)
      Intel
      Silicon Integrated Systems
      PowerVR

      Hard Disk Drives from the following:

      ExcelStor Technology
      Fujitsu
      Hewlett-Packard
      Hitachi Global Storage Technologies
      Samsung
      Seagate Technology
      Toshiba
      Western Digital


      This list doesn't even include soundcards, keyboards, mouse, speaker, modems, image scanners, and other component makers.

      Unlike Apple which has a very small set of makers to deal with, Microsoft must cross-coordinate Windows 7 with each of these component makers. The entire breath of the PC industry. Drivers have to be certified by Microsoft. Unlike the Vista launch in which component makers didn't work very well, its critical that Microsoft have the smoothest launch possible. Its also critical that any issues with the RTM and manufactuer's hardware be smooth by the October 22 date. This is a lot more work that Microsoft and its partners have to do. Thats why Microsoft to wait so long.

      Besides, Apple is having issues with their RTM version of SnowLeopard that many Core2Duo's boot in 32 bit and not 64. Microsoft Windows 7 doesn't have that problem. So if anyone shouldn't be rushing their product to launch, its Apple.
      Solid Jedi Knight
      • Great response ... Harry Potter has much to answer for ...

        ... too many people today believe that one can just wave a magic wand and something wonderful will happen.

        When Microsoft announces that a new OS is ready to ship, it's just the tip of the iceberg. How do people think that OS gets onto the millions of netbooks, notebooks, desktops and servers that will have to be shipped to stores and warehouses around the globe? How do people think the boxes with DVD's appear on retailers' shelves? And how do people think that (as SolidJK so visibly pointed out) all of the drivers, utilities and other software and tools get created ... and shipped and stocked ...?

        When Microsoft ships a new OS, it's a MAJOR deal - the logistics are just mind-boggling.
        de-void-21165590650301806002836337787023
        • "the logistics are just mind-boggling"

          Microsoft boggled too many minds too long ago for their new OS to make any difference.

          A leopard never changes his spots.
          Ole Man
      • who cares?

        I can't believe you wasted the time to do that. Got tired of cleaning out
        the registry?
        Monkeypox
        • On top of that..

          His whole statement is a joke.

          Those third parties are supporting windows.. not vice versa. You would have hoped "the Force" would have given him some wisdom, but alas.
          TedKraan
  • RE: Ballmer to headline Windows 7 launch in New York City

    NYC. BAH. Throw a few hundred million at New Orleans.
    Or the Windy City.
    NYC?

    (Maybe this will start a city war instead of the normal, Apple/Sun/Windows/Unix boohoo's we normally get.
    m22_
  • NYC??? Why NYC???

    Why not Seattle or Redmond??? I just don't get
    that... Did Ballmer forget where his office is
    again???
    i8thecat
  • RE: Ballmer to headline Windows 7 launch in New York City

    Just watched this presentation. With all the hype, I am sitting at home with a 3 PC home network. I wonder whom was Windows 7 invented for. Nothing in this presntation I could use, as a home end user,yet, Windows XP will be obsolete after 2010. One constellation arouse from research, Windows 7 Home (Family Pack)cost about $149, will install on 3 PC's with no Authentication Key. The cost, is what I rec'd from Steve Ballmer's talk. Open your wallet!
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