Microsoft today released its much-anticipated Windows 7 operating system in South Africa. Along with the OS, Microsoft also announced the release of a new range of Windows phones, which it believes will further boost its growing presence in the local mobile sector.
“This is a significant moment for Microsoft and the industry as a whole,” said Mteto Nyati, the managing director of Microsoft South Africa at the launch event held in Sandton.
“Windows 7 marks a leap forward in the efficiency and simplicity of computing. It really does make everyday tasks easier, and it allows people to get the most out of computers of all styles and sizes.”
The OS is a cornerstone of Microsoft’s ‘three screens and a cloud’ vision, in which people connect to the Internet and their data wherever they are, using whatever device they have with them at the time.
New Windows phones
Colin Erasmus, head of Windows business at Microsoft South Africa, said that the company expects its partners to have several new devices available before the end of the year.
“Microsoft is leading the charge to create experiences that transcend individual PC, notebook, television and phone screens to create a connected experience across each of these routes to the Web,” said Erasmus.
“The new line of Windows phones is all about tapping into this connected experience through an easy-to-use interface, great browsing capabilities and access to valuable services,” he continued.
“Windows 7 will be available pre-loaded on personal computers as of midnight on Thursday 22 October. For those customers that bought machines with Windows Vista and are looking for upgrade options, there are several programmes in place,” said Erasmus.