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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: prediction
By msva124 on 12/2/2006 1:07:22 PM , Rating: 2
Upon reading some more about Vista, I now know that there is an option to turn off eye candy and use the "Classic" interface. I'm an idiot, I'm an idiot, I'm an idiot. There.

Also I will be actually using Vista starting tomorrow, so hopefully I will be able to come up with some more informed reasons to bash it.


RE: prediction
By msva124 on 12/4/2006 7:27:40 AM , Rating: 2
Then I found something out. The video card in my Thinkpad T42, a fairly recent computer, does not support the Aero interface. And of the four computers in the house, the best video card is a GeForce 4 Ti 4200, which also is not supported by Aero. Why even bother if I'm not going to get the full Vista experience?

So I thought I would just try Office 2007. Alas, it "requires" Windows SP2, which I have not installed it on any of my computers. Much for the same reason as Vista, because it has nothing I need.

I guess the Vista revolution will be leaving me behind.


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