Over eight million downloads of Microsoft's new operating system, Windows 7, have already been completed thus far (as of October 29) while over 50% of the company’s customers indicate a willingness to deploy the new operating system by next year, . according to Microsoft's Vice President (Sales & Marketing) for Asia Pacific, Ken Wye Saw; who made the comment at the Sri Lankan launch of Windows 7.
Indicating that the product launch was being timed to benefit from the possibility of improved personal computer sales next year and that the product had already "generated enormous buzz", Mr. Saw also alluded to improvements, including "[using] a lot less memory", which could be considered a direct result of lessons learned from the near disastrous introduction of Microsoft's previous operating system, Vista, just three years ago.
It is further interesting to note that Windows 7, which was reported to be launched first to computer manufacturers on July 22 of this year, has been available to consumers internationally since October 22, according to previous Microsoft statements.
Meanwhile, Mr. Saw also indicated that Microsoft was the largest private contributor to Sri Lanka's education system.