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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 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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Oy, the Conundrum
By Aikouka on 11/2/2006 8:21:21 AM , Rating: 2
Ugh, I was really hoping the RTM would be close to G80's release, so I could pick up an OEM copy of Vista and install it on a new system I was building. Now, I know some people may say, "Aikouka... you an idiot for installing Vista so early! NO tangible benefits, especially since all you do is play games and watch videos!"

Eh, for me it's a time benefit . Since I'm building a new PC to replace my 1.5 year old machine, I'd like to do everything at once. I mean, I could literally buy most of the parts now and just place my old 6800GT in the machine until G80 comes out, but that'd be just starting the chain of reconfiguring drivers after a week or so. So, I wanted to put Vista on and "be done with it." So now I'm not too sure what I'm going to do. I could always use Windows XP for the moment, but then I'd want to upgrade to Vista and then I'd end up having to waste time and money on purchasing and installing another OS. Also, building a PC and not using it for a good 3 weeks (while I wait for Vista) is just a ludicrous idea too. There's no way I could leave a sexy new machine sitting around "dead" for 3 weeks. I'd go crazy wanting to play with it :P.

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