Microsoft will make Windows 7 available to businesses and consumers in time for the typically busy holiday shopping season in the fourth quarter of the year, according to company officials.
“Windows 7 is tracking well for holiday availability,” Bill Veghte, senior vice president of Microsoft’s Windows business said at an event on Monday, citing good test results on the early version of the system released to developers and the public over the past few weeks.
At the event, Microsoft is also announcing it plans to wrap up work on an update to its server operating system–Windows Server 2008 R2–at the same time it finishes Windows 7 on the desktop side. Microsoft issued a release candidate for the server operating system last month, alongside the near-final version of Windows 7.
Over the last few weeks, Microsoft has been releasing an early version of Windows 7, known as a ‘release candidate,’ to developers and the public.
Windows 7 is an important release for Microsoft as it follows the disappointing Windows Vista, which Microsoft took more than five years to develop and generally did not live up to its promise.