Time flies when you're having fun with "7"!
It hardly seems that a full year has already gone by since the first beta downloads were just about to become available as many of us were anticipating. The panting for those first 7000 downloads to get a first hand look at 7 made people drull with anticipation there! (yee haaa...)
The RCs seen 4 months later were rushed at as well when the actual downloading started at 5:58pm Redmond time! When looking at the accurate time the "2 minute of the hour" meant it was time for those! The we saw the 10/22 launch finally arrive(yes!).
For those looking to upgrade out of an older now rather outdated Windows or were dissatified with Vista guess what? 7 became the solution! I should add "WINNING SOLUTION"!!!
What that comes down to is finally MS having a working formula that tool immediate notice with a working OS! And arriving right during the busiest shopping season of the year naturally. They timed it well.