Microsoft this week officially launched Windows 7 for installation on new computers and for purchase in computer retailers across Botswana.
Windows 7 is Microsoft's newest version of its popular Windows desktop operating system, which promises to be the best yet to be distributed by the company.
More than a billion people around the world, of every language and every culture, use Windows every day at work, at home and on the go.
As each version of Windows was released over the years, more features, better ways of working together with team members, staying in touch with friends and family, and general computer usage have been refined and simplified to allow almost anyone to quickly learn how to use a computer.
With Windows 7, Microsoft has taken this level of improvement one step further. A billion Windows users worldwide gave Microsoft a great opportunity to listen and learn. That is how the company developed Windows 7.
"Windows 7 represents years of in-depth listening to our customers and partners around the globe, and is the most well-researched, well-planned Windows release ever," said Louis Otieno, Country Manager for Microsoft East and Southern Africa.
"Eight million people took part in our Windows 7 beta testing program worldwide, including Windows users from across the African continent. This input and feedback helped shape Windows 7 into a product that people really wanted.
"In fact 91 percent of Windows 7 Release Candidate testers told us they would recommend Windows 7 - we are incredibly excited and humbled at the response so far," he added.
No matter where users intend utilising Windows 7, it has something for everyone:
For consumers , Microsoft designed Windows 7 to be more reliable, more responsive, and to make the things customers do every day easier.
A statement from Microsoft says that, "For small to medium sized businesses, Windows 7 is the best operating system for
Microsoft's partners in Botswana who sell and distribute Windows 7 are excited at the opportunities Windows 7 will bring.
According to Alex Mac Donald, Director, Kolari (Pty) Ltd, "there is a version of Windows 7 to suit everyone's pocket and to satisfy everyone's specific needs. The enhanced search features in Windows 7 have already saved me several hours a month that I usually spend looking for documents."
"Windows 7 has given me the kind of experience that I have been looking for for years - user-friendly, fast, flexible, smooth interface - all bundled up in one. What an operating system!" added Taurai Makamba of Modi Investments (Pty) Ltd.
"I think it is time for all our internal users in the office to move to Windows 7 for better efficiency and higher productivity," said David Chipeta, Modi Investments. "Microsoft has listened to our user requirements and needs."
Sarfaraz Kazi, Director at Systems & Information Technology also added, "Windows 7 is the one operating system that I don't have to wait for a service pack to be released to deploy."
Microsoft has developed different versions of Windows 7 to cater to for the different things people want to do with their PC:
Windows 7 is available in 14 languages today including English, French and Portuguese and 19 further languages by 31 October. Microsoft is working to ensure Windows 7 will be available in local African languages including Afrikaans, Kinyarwanda, Amharic, Kiswahili, Hausa, Sesotho Sa Leboa, Igbo, Setswana, IsiXhosa, Wolof, IsiZulu and Yoruba within 18 to 24 months.