Windows 7 Beta Automatic Shutdowns Begin Today

If you are still running Windows 7 Beta and use it actively, be warned that this build will begin bi-hourly shutdown starting today July 01.

[Upgrade to Windows 7 RC (Release Candidate)](, which will have the same treatment starting March 01, 2010. This expiry date for the RC version is more than 4 months after the October 22 launch date of Windows 7, which Microsoft hope is sufficient time for you to decide if you want to pay them.

Microsoft Announced Windows 7 Pricing And Upgrade Option

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Microsoft [posted on its Windows Team Blog]( the details of Windows 7 pricing and upgrade options. Windows 7 will be launched on October 22nd. Here is the summary:

#### Windows 7 Language Version Availability

* On October 22nd, Windows 7 will be available in the following 14 languages: English, Spanish, Japanese, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Chinese (Hong Kong).

* On October 31st, the remaining 21 languages will become available: Turkish, Czech, Portuguese, Hungarian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Greek, Ukrainian, Romanian, Arabic, Lithuanian, Bulgarian, Estonian, Slovenian, Hebrew, Thai, Croatian, Serbian Latin, and Latvian.

#### Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program

Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program starts tomorrow June 26 till Jan 31, 2010. During this period, anyone who buys a PC from a participating OEM or retailer with Windows Vista Home Premium, Business or Ultimate on it will all receive an upgrade to the corresponding version of Windows 7 at little or no cost.

Visit [this link]( for details.

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Windows 7 to come in six different versions


Microsoft has confirmed that there will be six SKUs for the Windows 7 OS. This follows long standing Microsoft tradition of having multiple version of its Windows OS, a practice widely-criticized and mocked for bringing confusion to the marketplace.

  • Starter: Available to OEMs on new PCs. Missing Aero UI. Can run 3 applications concurrently.
  • Home Basic: For ’emerging markets’. Missing Aero UI.
  • Home Premium: Available to OEMs and retail. Includes Aero UI, multi-touch capabilities, media features. Can create home network groups.
  • Professional: Includes all of Home Premium features. Adds enhanced networking, Mobility Center and Presentation Mode.
  • Enterprise: Available only in volume licenses. Includes all of Professional features. Adds Branch Cache, Direct Access and BitLocker.
  • Ultimate: The same features as Enterprise, with limited availability to OEMs and retail.

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