MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares rise, Vista and Xero gain while Goodman, Arvida drop

Fri 31 Mar

Goodman Property was the worst performer, down 1.6 percent to $1.205.

50,000 Kiwis using Windows 7 pre-launch

Tue 6 Oct 4

More than 50,000 New Zealanders have downloaded and registered for the beta version of Microsoft’s Windows 7 to be officially launched later this month.

Microsoft’s Ben Green said a record number of businesses and individual consumers had downloaded the software onto their PCs, of which there are about two million throughout the offices and homes of New Zealand.

Mr Green said the amount of people who had tested the new software and provided feedback on it and further suggestions for development was “very positive.”

The OS that wouldn’t die: Windows XP gets 2010 reprieve

Tue 7 Apr

Leaked HP documents indicate Microsoft has given XP yet another stay-of execution, this time until April 30, 2010 - meaning it will be on the market with not just Vista, but Windows 7.

Microsoft was originally scheduled to finally take Windows XP off the market, after a number of reprieves, in June last year.

The OS is, after all, now eight years old in a market where Microsoft has traditionally upgraded Windows every two years.

Insider: Windows 7 close to Release Candidate

Tue 3 Feb 12

Forget the endless, confused build up to Vista. The release candidate version of its successor, Windows 7, is very close says a Microsoft insider, as the company seems set to wrap up a frenetic, one-month beta programme.

It was a long, long time between drinks, last time around. Microsoft took six long years before it upgraded Windows XP to Windows Vista in early 2007. Features came and went during endless revisions.

Apple gets snooty with anti-Vista ads

Tue 21 Oct 26

Threatened? Moi? The previous good humuor of Apple's Mac Guy vs PC Guy ads goes out the window in two commercials released on the net today.

Windows 7 alpha to ship Oct 27, Microsoft NZer: ‘we’ve taken punches’

Fri 26 Sep 3

Those wishing to skip Windows Vista now know how long they have to sweat it out with XP. Microsoft today confirmed rumours it would ship an alpha version Vista’s successor, dubbed Windows 7, to developers in October.

The final release date is set for January 2010 – though the scuttlebutt is that it may be moved forward into next year as Google gains traction with its Google Apps and Chrome, pitched as a rival OS for the web.

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