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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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By crystal clear on 12/4/2006 5:01:13 AM , Rating: 2
Read this- its interesting....

Friday, November 24, 2006
The Windows Shutdown crapfest

Unquote-portion of it reads like this....

"One of the comments said something to the effect of, "it's good to see you writing your self-evaluation" -- that is how I hope this can be taken.

And finally, I hope it's obvious that everything I say on this blog is my individual opinion and has nothing to do with my employer."


The most frustrating year of those seven was the year I spent working on Windows Vista, which was called Longhorn at the time. I spent a full year working on a feature which should've been designed, implemented and tested in a week. To my happy surprise (where "happy" is the freude in schadenfreude), Joel Spolsky wrote an article about my feature.


I hope DT gives an article on this.

RE: Shutdown..........
By msva124 on 12/4/2006 7:47:43 AM , Rating: 2
This is the line that scares the crap out of me, coming from a Microsoft employee:

"We had a Mac [owned personally by a team member] that we looked to as a paragon of clean UI."

You have 95% market share, and have inferiority issues about your UI? Good God. To think if they only had 75% share. Maybe they would go back to a command line interface?

Quality software is like music, writing, or any other creative enterprise. You put your vision out there and screw what everyone thinks. If they don't like it, hey at least it was pure to the idea. Windows Vista sounds like it was made by committee. No strong leader like Gates to enforce one consistent vision. That's why some parts of it are so good and others so horrible. Can you imagine what a movie would be like if it was made by a commitee of 100 directors, none of them with the confidence to say "this is how it should be done, follow my lead"?

"This is about the Internet.  Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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