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RTM on November 30, retail availability on January 30

It looks as though Microsoft is getting its ducks in a row when it comes to final countdown for Windows Vista and Office 2007. According to APC Magazine, Microsoft has earmarked November 30 as the RTM date for both Vista and Office 2007.

For retail customers, the expected launch date is January 30, 2007 for both software releases. This confirms the launch dates leaked by Amazon.com in late August. APC Magazine reports:

For Vista, this will include a build number of 6000, which also matches the 6.0 reference that denotes Microsoft considers this the sixth full version of their beloved OS. Both Windows 95 line and NT 4.0 were officially stamped as Windows version 4 (or variants, such as Windows 98 being 4.1); Windows 2000 was christened as version 5, and XP anointed as Windows version 5.1 (due to its being built on the NT/2000 codebase).

Pricing for Windows Vista will range from $199/$99 (full/upgrade) for Vista Home Basic to $399/$259 for Vista Ultimate. Prices for Office 2007 start at $149 for Office Home and Student 2007 and top out at $499/$329 (full/upgrade) for Office Professional 2007.



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Watch it get pushed back again
By Christopher1 on 11/2/2006 12:46:16 AM , Rating: 0
I'm not really an anti-Microsoft person, and I happen to love their OS, but how many people think this is going to be pushed back yet again? Anyone?

I mean, there were still issues in the latest Release Candidate that were..... pretty bad issues, though ones that only cropped up if you did certain things in a certain order.

Those need to be fixed, however, because that 'order' was a common order of things. One notable one was trying to open a folder window, while Windows was copying something to another folder or location.
The system would crash. Pretty big problem.




RE: Watch it get pushed back again
By Bonrock on 11/2/2006 12:53:24 AM , Rating: 2
I haven't heard of anyone else having that problem. Did you report it to Microsoft?


RE: Watch it get pushed back again
By TomZ on 11/2/2006 9:20:47 AM , Rating: 2
There was one "showstopper" that caused them to change the code after the RC, and they fixed that (reported here on DT). I don't know if that is the same issue you're describing or not.

And no, I don't think they will delay the schedule at this point. The software is complete now and they just have to push it into their manufacturing process.


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