Microsoft Windows 7 launched in New Zealand

08:52, October 22, 2009      

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Hundreds of people attended events in New Zealand's Wellington and Auckland on Thursday morning to mark the world's first launch of Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system.

In Auckland's Queen Elizabeth Square in the CBD, throngs of people tried to win Hewlett-Packard computers loaded with the new operating system, given away every 10 minutes throughout the event by All Black rugby team captain Richie McCaw.

In Wellington's Civic Square, a similar exercise also took place.

Eight million PC users around the world took part in an open test of Windows 7, helping to refine the experience by offering their feedback on its performance and usability.

New Zealand kicked off Microsoft's global Oct. 22 launch, with hundreds of events planned around the world over the next 24 hours.

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