Washington: US software giant Microsoft confirmed that Windows 7, its new-generation computer operating system, would be available before the end of the year.
“Windows 7 is tracking well for holiday availability,” said Bill Veghte, senior vice president of the Windows Business at Microsoft.
In a statement, Microsoft said that it is anticipating that the next version of its client operating system, Windows 7, will be available to customers in time for the holiday shopping season.
Microsoft last week released a nearly-final version of Window 7 known as Windows 7 Release Candidate and invited feedback from the public.
Users were invited to download the Windows 7 software from Microsoft’s official website and install it on computers in a public test of the operating system’s capabilities.
Copies of Windows 7 RC have also been made available to developers and early reviews have praised the operating system for its stability and for avoiding problems that plagued its predecessor Vista.
Complaints about Vista included that it was not compatible with some software designed for the previous-generation Windows XP operating system and that it was too much for smaller capacity “netbooks” or older computers to handle.