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October 22, 2009: Microsoft Released Windows 7, Server 2008 R2

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Jeffrey Powers

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October 22, 2009: Microsoft Released Windows 7, Server 2008 R2

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2009 – Microsoft released not only the Windows 7 Operating system, but also Server 2008 R2 (as mentioned on the Windows 7 team blog). Although there are many versions of Windows OS, Windows 7 stood for the 7th kernel update. It was release to Manufacturing (RTM) a few days prior – meaning the final code is sent out for people and companies to install on their desktops and notebooks. If you bought one as part of your Dell, HP, Acer or other computer, you would get an “OEM” version (Original Equipment Manufacturer), which could have add-ons that make the software work better on the computer.

“Not only is RTM an important milestone for us – it’s also an important milestone for our partners.” stated Brandon LeBlanc. “Today’s release is the result of hard work and collaboration with our partners in the industry to make Windows 7 a success. We delivered Windows 7 with a predictable feature set on a predictable timetable that allowed OEMs to focus on value and differentiation for their customers. “

There are different flavors of Windows 7:  Home, professional and ultimate. Windows 7 supports computers with multiple cores and implemented more security protocols to protect people’s data.

On September 13, 2011, TechCrunch Reported that Windows 7 sold over 450 million copies worldwide.

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