Fan starts campaign for Windows 7's immediate release

A Windows enthusiast is calling for Microsoft to release Windows 7 now.

A Windows enthusiast is calling for Microsoft to release Windows 7 now, only a few weeks after the company made available the software's first public test version.

Nashville, Tennessee, resident Kelly Poe has started the "Release Windows 7 Now" campaign to urge the company to "let the beautiful little birdy (with the odd name) fly" instead of continuing to test the software.

"I'm a BIG Windows fan and have been loving what Microsoft has done with the recent Beta Release of Windows 7," he wrote on the campaign site.

Poe said that based on positive reviews of Windows 7 by Leo LaPorte, another Windows enthusiast who has advocated an early release of Windows 7 on his podcasts, and Paul Thurrott, who writes and maintains the popular SuperSite for Windows blog, he's "jones'n" for the software's release.

"Let's join together and get Microsoft to release Windows 7...enough with this Beta stuff," Poe wrote.

So far, the campaign, which has been reported on a few other Microsoft-centric blogs, has garnered only a limited response At the time this article was written, the campaign to release Windows 7 now had 72 votes.

Microsoft did not respond immediately on Thursday to request for comment about the campaign.

Early reviews of the first beta for Windows 7, released on Jan. 10, have said the software fixes many of the problems users reported with its predecessor Windows Vista. Microsoft on Saturday -- the day it originally planned to take the beta down from the Web -- extended its general availability until Feb. 10 due what the company said was high demand.

Microsoft has said it expects to release Windows 7 in early 2010, although some believe the company may release it before the end of 2009 because of lackluster customer response to Vista. Many business customers in particular have opted to skip Vista and run XP until Windows 7 is available.

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