San Francisco: Microsoft releases Windows 7 to the world as the US software giant tries to regain its stride after an embarrassing stumble with the previous generation operating system Vista.
"It`s a big deal for Microsoft," analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group in Silicon Valley said of the Windows 7 launch. "Windows Vista was a train wreck."
While computer users may not give much thought to operating systems that serve as the brains of their machines, the programs are at the heart of Microsoft`s global software empire.
Microsoft operating systems run more than 90 percent of the computers on Earth.
Importantly for Microsoft, versions of its popular programs such as Office, Outlook and Excel evolve to work better with successive Windows releases.
Winning users of new Windows systems translates into increased sales of other packaged software for the Redmond, Washington-based company.
Vista`s dismal reception in the market broke Microsoft`s rhythm regarding hooking people on upgraded software.
Computer users held firm to Windows XP, shunning much-maligned Vista.
"Microsoft is still a packaged software company," Enderle said. "If people don`t buy their updated packages, they feel it."
Microsoft apparently learned a lesson from Vista and worked closely with computer makers, users and software developers while crafting Windows 7.