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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
Microsoft rolls out its big guns

Microsoft is beaming after the official launch of Vista and Office 2007 to business customers. Microsoft is betting heavily on its two latest software releases and an estimated 90 million copies of Vista worldwide within the next year. The simultaneous launch of Vista and Office 2007 also marks the first time that Microsoft has launched two flagship applications together since Windows 95 and Office 95 over 10 years ago.

Microsoft notes that Windows 95 brought TCP/IP to the mainstream allowing for a huge surge in Internet activity while Windows XP made wireless networking and mobility prevalent throughout the computing industry. With Vista, Microsoft looks to push the boundaries of graphics technology and XML.

"These are game-changing products," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. "It’s an incredible step forward for business computing in a year of unprecedented innovation from Microsoft. We expect that more than 200 million people will be using at least one of these products by the end of 2007."

According to Microsoft, its new software products are aimed to advance the industry in the following four areas:

  • Simplifying how people work together.
  • Finding information and improving business insight.
  • Helping protect and manage content.
  • Increasing security and helping reduce IT costs.

"During the last decade, Windows 95 and Office 95 transformed the way people work. These new products announced today are the most advanced work that Microsoft has ever done, and I believe they signal the beginning of a new wave of innovation that will have an even more profound impact during the next decade," said Ballmer.

You can go the following links to see pricing for Windows Vista and Office 2007. Both applications are due to reach retail customers on January 30, 2007.



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VISTA
By montgom on 12/1/2006 9:48:43 PM , Rating: 2
I have played with it for a few hours. 1GB RAM, AMD 3200+, ATI 9800 Pro

Vista has slowed this machine.

I look forward to finding out what makes it better than XP SP2. IE7 with tabbed browsers in XP has left me flat.

Bob




RE: VISTA
By Bonrock on 12/1/2006 10:13:01 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure how much slower your machine is running on Vista or what the cause is. However, I would suggest that you hold off on judgment until after Vista is officially released to consumers in January. From what I've seen, it looks like a lot of hardware companies are dragging their heels on releasing good drivers for Vista because they have another two months before widespread adoption. You may have better luck with newer drivers in that timeframe.


RE: VISTA
By montgom on 12/1/2006 10:45:03 PM , Rating: 2
I will wait until drivers arrive. I just used the ones on the DVD (9,000 drivers??). Some audo drivers were not installed.

Just my first impression. I assume, given time, it will chnage for the better.

I always get in trouble, but every OS that MS has released has always been better than the last. Hope I don't get flamed for that comment ;-)
Bob


RE: VISTA
By GreenEnvt on 12/2/2006 11:15:29 AM , Rating: 3
Windows ME was junk compared to Win98, no improvement there.
Other then that though, yes, each one has been an improvement.


RE: VISTA
By msva124 on 12/4/2006 7:30:26 AM , Rating: 2
What about the little known Windows 97?


RE: VISTA
By GreenEnvt on 12/1/2006 11:27:59 PM , Rating: 2
I'm on an Athlon X2 4200, 2gb ram, and ati x1800. Vista RTM seems just as speedy as XP to me.


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