Copies of Microsoft Windows 7 are displayed in Redmond, Washington, Oct. 22, 2009. Microsoft Corp launched Windows 7 on Thursday in its most important release for more than a decade, aiming to win back customers after the disappointing Vista and strengthen its grip on the PC market.
Microsoft Corp. began to roll out Windows 7 operating system on Thursday with the hope of shaking off the negative image created by previous Vista version and maintain its dominance on the global market of personal computer (PC) operating systems.
New Zealand became the first country to kick off the global launch of Windows 7, as hundreds of people attended events in Wellington and Auckland on Thursday morning.
Events are followed around the globe, culminating with a ceremony in New York where Microsoft chief executive officer (CEO)Steve Ballmer formally unveils the new operating system.
"So today Windows 7 is available -- 45,000 stores around the world. It's available on new PCs, the upgrade is available, and it's just out there for all to start, hopefully, to appreciate and enjoy as much as our 8 million beta testers have done," said Ballmer .
"We were trying to make the everyday usage of the PC better in the ways our customers wanted: simpler, faster, more responsive. And so for the billion people who use Windows, for the perhaps as many as 300 million people who may buy a PC during the course of the next 12 months, we want to give a chance for people to have a better and better experience," he added.