ITBusiness - Canadian professionals greet Windows 7 with cautious optimism

(21-Oct-09) At the Windows 7 launch event in Toronto this morning Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer acknowledged the availability of Windows 7 is significant, at least in part because Vista was not warmly received.

Ballmer used choice words to describe the market's lukewarm reception of Vista two and a half years ago.

“There was some more noise in the system with Vista,” Ballmer told the Toronto audience of IT executives. “I'm going to put it that way.”

End users and consumers will help dictate whether the new OS is a success or not, Ballmer said. Reactions will start pouring in after tomorrow's retail launch. But Microsoft has already done millions of hours of beta testing and customer evaluation of Windows 7, he said.

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