So the cat is out of the bag. Although Microsoft seemed to be planning to release Windows 7 eventually in January 2010, the computer manufacturer Acer now confirmed to Pocket-lint that they will pre-load Windows 7 on their machines from October 23, 2009.
Moreover Acer said customers who bought a computer 30 days prior October 23, 2009 will be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 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.
According to the german Heise.de and Golem.de Microsoft will make Windows 7 RC 1 on May 5, 2009 available for download. A beta version of the Windows 7 to Windows XP compatibility feature called XPM (we reported) will be available on April 30, 2009.
XPM is in fact a complete Virtual Machine of Windows XP using a special version of Microsoft’s Virtual PC, thus making Windows 7 about 100% compatible to Windows XP.