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
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
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/$329 (full/upgrade) for Office Professional 2007.
quote: is pretty much stealing from a lot of hard working programmers
quote: Of course, on the other hand, I don't exactly see M$ hurting for the sales....
quote: At any rate, M$ has done a good job making sure that people have to deal with a lot of hassle, and don't have access to the updates, when pirating. This is going to be fine and dandy until the critical updates start rolling in for Vista, and this guy is stuck with an OS he can't update. Again, can any of you imagine having to use XP without SP2? Sure, eventually he'll be able to pirate a new 'SP2' out of the box version of Vista, but to use it he'll have to reinstall his entire OS. At this point the rest of us have just sat through a 20 minutes download and install process and are moving on with out lives.