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Ballmer Is Windows 7

Doug is still in transit today, but he'll back for Monday's edition of Redmond Report. Filling in for him is MCPmag.com Editor Michael Domingo.

Live from New York, it's Steve Ballmer stating "I'm a Windows 7 PC, effective immediately" at the official launch event. (I'm guessing when he made that proclamation, he wasn't as adorable as the little girl in the ads.)

Now, if Ballmer really were a PC, I'd guess that he would be the shiniest, most souped-up, Windows 7-sporting Alienware desktop, not an underwhelming ASUS netbook.

Windows 7 officially went on sale a day earlier in the U.K., on Oct. 21, because of a postal strike. The early launch doesn't matter much; Windows 7 has been tested, debugged (for the most part) and manhandled by well over 8 million beta testers, so we weren't expecting any surprises.

For consumers, an upgrade is likely to come from the purchase of a netbook or a new computer. And for enterprise folks, there's a modest list of upgrade-worthy features, outlined here.

Worth an upgrade? Especially if you're running Vista, the answer is yes.

Posted by Michael Domingo on October 23, 2009 at 11:53 AM


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