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Microsoft releases Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to manufacturing

Microsoft announced the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, the next versions of its flagship desktop and server operating systems. With the completion of the development phase, industry partners are readying products in time for the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 general worldwide launches. For volume licensing customers, the Windows 7 code will be available for download within the next few weeks and for Windows Server 2008 R2, the code will be available during the second half of August.

Touted as some of the industry’s hottest technology offerings, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, are packed with world class features that offer powerful new functionality with enhanced security and user friendly applications. Windows Server 2008 R2 provides new virtualisation tools, web resources, management enhancements and exciting Windows 7 integration help customers increase the reliability, flexibility and efficiency of their datacenters and server infrastructures. New features like DirectAccess provides seamless access to users from any location without a VPN while BranchCache reduces bandwidth and latency in branch locations.

Commenting on the latest development, Wilson Xavier, Windows Client Business Group Lead, Microsoft Gulf said, “The economic realities of the past year have presented organizations with new opportunities to harness the power of technology innovation to reduce costs and enhance operational efficiencies. With both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, businesses could expect significant advancements in their PC, server, web and application management infrastructure thereby delivering higher returns on investment. With Windows 7 specifically, Microsoft continues to deliver on its promise to customers: to offer them the greatest possible choice in the technology they use and to deliver software and services that are compatible with the way they work and live.”

Microsoft also worked closely with customers and partners around the world to incorporate their feedback into the development of Windows 7 to ensure their products, services and devices are ready for the new OS.

Praveen Thawani, Director of Cyquent, one of Microsoft’s leading partners in the region said, “Both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 represent incredible opportunities for partners and for the overall industry. The technologies work together to reduce the cost and complexity for businesses. They make users more productive by automating everyday tasks, delivering enhanced security and streamlining manageability. The development process has been more collaborative and we are excited about the potential and the combined value we can provide to our customers in the Gulf.”

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are designed to increase the reliability and flexibility of an organization’s desktop, web and server infrastructure while helping save time, reduce costs and provide a solid, highly-dependable foundation for business. With Microsoft adding every conceivable service that an operating system can support and following a long period of testing and feedback from partners and customers, it is clear that both the products are Microsoft’s most customer focused offerings that are set to change the technology landscape in the region.

Windows 7 will be available to customers around the world on October 22, 2009 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will be available on or before that date.

For volume licensing customers, the Windows 7 code will be available for download within the next few weeks

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