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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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RE: Vista/Office & SP1
By FITCamaro on 12/2/2006 9:15:23 AM , Rating: 2
While I don't mind Microsoft I don't see Vista expanding as fast as they think. I haven't seen anyone at work talking about Vista. And personally other than DX10, I don't care much about it. Yes I'll be using it for DX10 and the improvements to security. But other than that theres not a whole lot it offers me. I tested RC1 and RC2 and the system resource utilization really didn't impress me. On a 3.0GHz P4 w/ HT, 2GB RAM, and a 256MB X700, I didn't enjoy seeing between a 500-800MB page file and similiar RAM usage. Granted, that was the beta. So maybe the final product will be different. I hope so.

Now with my parents computer, I'll probably eventually upgrade them to it because the security improvements would be really nice. Also that way I can stop my dad from installing shit but still leave him room to do other things when needed.

RE: Vista/Office & SP1
By NordicNINE on 12/3/2006 2:18:42 PM , Rating: 2
Office 2007 seems to add some nice features (esp Outlook), but I was using Word, Excel, etc... I often found myself searching for how to do things in the new version. I feel that the new interface is easier to learn for people not familiar with Office, but I think people that use Office often will actually have to relearn things. I have the Enterprise version that we can load at work, but haven't had a chance to load it yet. It would be nice if they have an option to use the old interface or something.
For Vista, I'm very excited about it. Once we have our apps working on it, I plan on implementing it. Better Group Policy & security.
Also running it on an Athlon 64-3400 with 1GB of ram seemed just as fast as XP.

RE: Vista/Office & SP1
By msva124 on 12/4/2006 7:34:48 AM , Rating: 2
What is so great about DirectX 10? Have they invented a new kind of floating point number that will revolutionize the way we play games? Or is just a patch that will allow you to play games on Vista at the same speed as XP?

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