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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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RE: why wait??
By ZmaxDP on 11/2/2006 2:41:33 PM , Rating: 3
Wow, more shameful logic. "My stealing isn't hurting the 'little guys'" No, but if a thousand people pirate the software instead of buying it, that is an entire salary for several 'little guys' and regardless of your take on business ethics if MS makes less money it won't employ as many people.

Oh, Oh! You're like the guy that throes trash out his window because "one little plastic bag won't hurt." Yet when 1000 people do it all of a sudden we've got a problem.

Look, justify it to yourself however you may. The fact is that you're doing what is convenient for you, and disregarding the rest of society. You're right that they factor in piracy into their costs. If people didn't pirate I wouldn't have to pay more for my OS so that crooks like you can get theirs for free. Hopefully for your sake one of these days you'll figure it out. If not, you'll eventually end up in jail or have a nice hefty fine to pay. Either way I'll be pleased as punch. - I'm feeling a bit vindictive today can't you tell?


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