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REDMOND, Wash. — March 21, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today confirmed that Windows Vista™, the next generation of the Windows® client operating system, is on target to go into broad consumer beta to approximately 2 million users in the second quarter of 2006. Microsoft is on […]

REDMOND, Wash. — March 21, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today confirmed that Windows Vista™, the next generation of the Windows® client operating system, is on target to go into broad consumer beta to approximately 2 million users in the second quarter of 2006. Microsoft is on track to complete the product this year, with business availability in November 2006 and broad consumer availability in January 2007.

Windows Vista will deliver great value to businesses by seamlessly connecting people to information, enabling increased mobile and remote productivity, significantly reducing deployment and support costs, and providing a more secure and compliant desktop platform. For consumers, Windows Vista will bring clarity to the world of personal computing, enabling people to more safely and easily accomplish everyday tasks, instantly find what they want, enjoy the latest in entertainment, and stay connected at home or on the go.

More than half a million customers have received the latest community technology preview for Windows Vista, and have been providing consistent and positive feedback.

“Product quality and a great out-of-box experience have been two of our key drivers for Windows Vista, and we are on track to deliver on both,” said Jim Allchin, co-president for the Platforms & Services Division at Microsoft. “But the industry requires greater lead time to deliver Windows Vista on new PCs during holiday. We must optimize for the industry, so we’ve decided to separate business and consumer availability.”

Because of the way businesses test and deploy software, it makes sense for Microsoft volume licensing customers to receive windows Windows Vista starting in November of this year. Availability for consumers and on new PCs will follow in January.

“We strongly support Microsoft’s decision to prioritize quality in determining the schedule for Windows Vista,” said Todd Bradley, executive vice president of the Personal Systems Group at Hewlett Packard. “A January launch of Windows Vista allows us to execute in a consistent way throughout the holidays, and will provide the right opportunity for a large, exciting launch industrywide after the New Year.”

Said Ron Boire, executive vice president and general merchandising manager at Best Buy, “When people come to our stores to buy a new PC or new software for their PC, we want to be able to offer them a broad set of choices, immediate availability and a great retail experience. We agree with Microsoft that it’s best to do this right — and in this case it’s delivering Windows Vista-based PCs with confidence in January 2007.”

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  1. Web Hosting Windows Tuesday, March 21, 2006
  2. Tablet PC User Tuesday, March 21, 2006

    Sounds like a good call to me! Everyone knows that the XP out-of-the-box experience is very lackluster. Having a few months delay for a better product should be worth it! Plus, the hardware for Vista will be cheaper by then, especially for Core Duo (with x64, Viiv) Tablet PCs!

  3. After forcing myself to continue “self hosting” on 5308 I can’t say I’m surprised. :-(

    What was it the admiral said in Under Siege “Sounds like they’ve got a lot of trouble on that ship.”

    What I find interesting is no mention of Office 2007, or are they just officially joined at the hip now?

  4. Hmmm…I wonder if OEMs will begin pre-installing it on new machines in November. A lot of people buy new machines around Christmas and if Vista is not pre-installed, it might be a hard sell to a consumer who just bought a new computer a couple of months earlier.

    A lot of end users won’t go through the hassle of upgrading anyway, instead waiting until they buy a new unit with Vista pre-installed before making the switch from XP. Pre-installed installations is how Microsoft will make the most market penetration with Vista, so that is where I would focus my attention. YMMV.

    This doesn’t sound like the smartest strategy to me.

  5. Douglass Carmichael Wednesday, March 22, 2006

    Any way at this late date to get the beta preview of vista and office 12? (and OneNote 12)?

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