Singapore — Oct. 22, 2009 — Microsoft announced the availability of its new Windows 7 operating system in a uniquely Singapore way with seven-year-olds from CHIJ Our Lady of the Nativity through art and RSVP, a local non-profit organization for retirees, through line dancing. This launch represents the spectrum of users Windows 7 reaches out to, and celebrates their talents. It also demonstrates a simple premise of Windows 7: to make it easier for people to do the things they want on a PC. The new operating system offers a streamlined user interface and significant new features that make everyday tasks easier and enable people to get the most out of computers of all styles and sizes.
The simplified computing experience was captured through a digital art installation by seven year olds (Primary One) students of CHIJ Our Lady of the Nativity who used Windows 7 multi-touch capabilities and Microsoft Paint to create avant-garde art pieces. A project spearheaded by Nur Ilyana Mohamed Anwar, 2006 Microsoft-MOE Professional Development Award (MMPDA) winner, artwork created by the young artistes will be on display at One Marina Boulevard from October 22 to – November 4, 2009. Several pieces will be auctioned off on October 31st to raise funds for The President’s Challenge, of which Microsoft is a major sponsor.
Through Microsoft’s partnership with RSVP, retirees are now able to bring their favorite social activities to life using Windows 7. Microsoft volunteers together with RSVP will use Windows 7 to teach retirees’ new line dancing moves, capture videos and make use of the simplified Windows 7 platform.
Partners Rally Around Windows 7
Along with increased customer involvement, Microsoft’s partners had a closer, more involved role in the product vision and planning process with Windows 7. The collaborative approach to engaging partners to inform development efforts has resulted in improved performance for PCs as well as compatibility with a broad range of software and hardware across the Windows ecosystem. Globally, more than 17,000 software and hardware companies are building solutions on Windows 7 and over 50,000 developers are enrolled in the Windows Ecosystem Readiness Program. Together, these partners are developing hardware, software and services capable of reaching more than a billion PCs around the world.
In Singapore, Microsoft has also been working with the wider ISV, partner and OEM communities to support their development, enablement and marketing of Windows 7. To date, four local ISVs have developed applications on Windows 7. One of them, Touch Dimensions, a two-man team from Microsoft’s DreamSpark and BizSpark programmes, developed two games using touch technology to run on Windows 7 and the Windows Mobile Phone platforms.
On Sale in Singapore on October 22, 2009
The global availability of Windows 7 is joined by an unprecedented array of new PCs and software programs. At retail, Windows 7 will be sold in the following versions and prices:
Win Home Premium (full install) – S$359
Win Home Premium Upgrade – S$219
Win Professional (full install) – S$529
Win Professional Upgrade – S$359
Win Ultimate (full install) – S$549
Win Ultimate Upgrade – S$379