Bill Veghte, senior vice president for Windows

Bill Veghte, senior vice president for WindowsAfter months of umming and ahhing, Microsoft has officially announced the launch date for Windows 7, the replacement for the less-than-well-received Vista.

Take it away, Bill Veghte, senior vice president for Windows:

“We feel confident that we will deliver Windows 7 with our partners on October 22.”

So there you go – just in time for, er, Hallowe’en.  And Christmas, we suppose.  The cost remains a mystery, though, but it’s believed that free upgrades will be offered to anyone who buys a computer from around August up to the launch date.

The announcement caused Microsoft’s shares rise slightly by (an appropriate) 7 cents to $21.47 on the Nasdaq index.

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