Acer exec: Windows 7 available on Oct. 23

An executive at the PC maker in the U.K. says its forthcoming all-in-one desktop will be available earlier than Microsoft had previously announced.

Windows 7 will be ready a bit early, according to an executive at the world's third-largest PC maker, Acer.

Acer desktop Windows 7
Acer Z5600 all-in-one desktop Acer

On Thursday Acer UK marketing director Bobby Watkins told tech blog Pocket-lint.com to expect the new operating system by fall:

"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," Watkins is quoted as saying.

That's also the day Acer will release its Z5600 PC, an all-in-one desktop built specifically around Windows 7 features.

Microsoft has previously stated that the final version of Windows 7 won't be ready until January 2010. The first release candidate of the new operating system will be available Thursday to some developers and to the public next week.

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Erica Ogg is a CNET News reporter who covers Apple, HP, Dell, and other PC makers, as well as the consumer electronics industry. She's also one of the hosts of CNET News' Daily Podcast. In her non-work life, she's a history geek, a loyal Dodgers fan, and a mac-and-cheese connoisseur. E-mail Erica.

 

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