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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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I will wait
By montgom on 11/2/2006 9:19:28 AM , Rating: 2
I am in no hurry. It offers nothing for me that XP does not already do. The licensing agreement and cost of the new OS and hardware will keep me a lurker for awhile.

RE: I will wait
By rushfan2006 on 11/2/2006 9:44:16 AM , Rating: 2
Same here...I'm in no rush. My current pc is pretty well behind the times anyway, Athlon XP 3000+, 1 gig ram, GeForce 6800 GT...I think I'll concentrate my time and money on a new system build with twice the ram, at least a 7th gen gfx card (as I can wait for G80 as well -- plus the whole saving money thing) and I may for the first time in many years go back to an Intel platform as their c2d chips are just too sexy to ignore right now.

Not to mention -- by waiting I let other folks suffer the initial problems of the OS and I wait until MS builds up a lot of hotfixes and addresses a lot of the initial issues.

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