The free Windows 7 ride will continue into 2011, at least for four additional months. Microsoft will keep supplying customers with free copies of the latest iteration of the Windows client for evaluation purposes.

Following the release of Windows 7, the Redmond company began offering the RTM bits for testing, intent on reaching as broad an audience of IT professionals as possible, but not really restricting downloads in any way.

For this, the software giant had set up the Windows 7 Enterprise 90-day Trial site and associated downloads.

As 2010 comes to an end, Windows 7 Enterprise 90-day Trial downloads get another reprieve from Microsoft, as they were planned to expire on December 31st. More »

Microsoft is inviting early adopters to download, deploy and test the first upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is in Beta stage at this point in time, and as such not meant for installation into production environments. “The public beta is best suited for IT pros, tech enthusiasts and developers who need to test the service pack in their organization or with the software they are developing,” revealed Stephen L Rose, Sr. Community Manager – Windows IT Pro Client.

Windows 7 SP1 Beta was released to the public earlier this month, and is an excellent preview of the first upgrade for the OS. In this regard, customers are bound to notice no new features have been added, and this because the software giant only intended to deliver a minor upgrade and nothing more. More »

Windows 7 is till now the best Windows operating system released till date, as per the user feedback, sales numbers and experience it has got some very positive comments.

All those user who are still using XP and may want to upgrade to windows 7 are out of luck, as Microsoft does not allow to upgrade from XP to windows 7 as both are vastly different OS in terms of feature and their structure.

However there are 2 ways with which you can partially upgrade from XP to windows 7, but both of these method will require some input from your side.

The first method is to install windows 7 in dual boot, after running the setup from Windows XP so it will get added to the boot loader. But it will result in wastage of disk space and it will require a different partition also to get installed this way. More »

Microsoft continues to offer free copies of its Windows operating systems, a “tradition” that the company started back in 2006 after the release of Internet Explorer 7. The software giant is attempting to compensate for the shortcomings of the Windows design in older releases of its platforms, in which a single version of Internet Explorer can be installed at a time. This limitation makes it difficult for developers building websites to test their code in different IE versions on Windows Vista and Windows XP.

This is where the Internet Explorer Application Compatibility VPC Image comes in. This download offers free, virtualized copies of XP and Vista, each with different versions of Internet Explorer. There are no less than five downloads available, all free of charge.

The VPC Hard Disk Images are time bombed, and only allow usage for a limited period of time. However, for the past few years, Microsoft has updated the Internet Explorer Application Compatibility VPC Image downloads without fault, just ahead of their expiration date. More »

Forecasts of the evolution of PC shipments estimate that approximately 380 million units will be sold by the end of 2010, some 70 million more compared to 2009. The vast majority of these units will ship with Microsoft’s Windows operating system, which prompted the not so unrealistic prediction that Windows 7 would hit the 300 million sold licenses mark by the end of the year. And yet, although more than 1 million PCs are being sold each day, the perspective that the post-PC era is nigh emerged earlier this month.

“The transformation of PC to new form factors like the tablet is going to make some people uneasy because the PC has taken us a long way,” noted Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the D8 conference, comparing PCs with trucks for an agrarian world. “The PC is brilliant […] and we like to talk about the post-PC era, but it’s uncomfortable.” More »