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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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No more major delays
By NoSoftwarePatents on 11/2/2006 1:31:19 AM , Rating: 3
The United States Coast Guard just finished formal beta testing with Windows Vista last week, so there won't be any sudden shipping delays for corporate customers.

Yes, the USCG is a huge, huge "Microsoft shop" for better or for worse.

I work as a Perot Systems Government Services contractor for the USCG, so that's how I know.




RE: No more major delays
By Pirks on 11/2/2006 2:10:50 AM , Rating: 2
How do you know USCG is the number one beta tester of Vista which can sort of drive RTM date? Maybe there are other larger organizations even more important to MS? You know anything about that? I'm very curious.


RE: No more major delays
By TomZ on 11/2/2006 9:21:57 AM , Rating: 2
I don't see where the OP made those statements. I think you read too much into his/her comments.


RE: No more major delays
By NoSoftwarePatents on 11/2/2006 12:10:42 PM , Rating: 2
The USCG isn't the "number one beta tester of Vista which can sort of drive RTM date", nor did I imply anything as such. With the release date just around the corner, Microsoft already sent us an e-mail thanking us for our beta testing last week, with our "software workstation image 6.0" concerning Vista. If there were any show stoppers halting the actual release date, we'd know by now.

The USCG is important to Microsoft, but only because we are one of many dedicated large customers.


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