Wow !!! I think Microsoft has surprised all of us. Previously, there was a lot of speculation across a large part of the web mainly blogging sites and computer buzzing sites that Microsoft is delaying the release to first quarter of 2010. But with this I think it has stuck to it's commitment.
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Just to remind you, the above date is for OEM's and volume licensing partners like Dell, Lenovo, Acer, HP etc. For end-users to buy a copy across the counter it will be available say around mid-November.
And for end-users in India it will be Christmas of 2009. (This is what was quoted by Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft at Tech. Ed. 2009).