Somebody’s not going to get their laptops featured in the PC vs. Mac ads: Namely Acer, which may have spilled the beans on the Windows 7 launch date.
This comes just as Microsoft released a near-final test version.
An Acer exec dropped the date on British tech publication Pocket-lint while discussing an upcoming all-in-one touchscreen system. The key quote, which suggests PCs sold in October will include free upgrades to 7:
“23rd October is the date the Windows 7 will be available. There is a 30 day upgrade time so that customers don’t wait to buy a new computer, so if you buy during that 30 day period, you’ll get a free upgrade to Windows 7,” Bobby Watkins, Acer’s UK MD told Pocket-lint.
A Windows spokesman I asked about the story declined to comment this afternoon.
I’d been thinking the software ought to be done on July 8 — 07/08/09.