Microsoft finishes work on Windows Vista
has word that Microsoft's new
operating system has been deemed ready for prime time, and is due in stores on
SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. finished work Wednesday on its
long-delayed Windows Vista operating system, and said the software would be
broadly available Jan. 30.
The announcement means Microsoft will meet — just barely — its revised goal of
putting Vista in consumers' hands in the first month of 2007.
Windows Vista's code was released midmorning Wednesday to manufacturing — a step
that allows the company to begin making the copies that will be distributed with
PCs and sold at stores, said Jim Allchin, co-president of the Microsoft division
that includes Windows, in a conference.
"This is a good day," Allchin said.
Microsoft had previously said it would release Vista to big business clients at
an event at the Nasdaq Stock Market on Nov. 30, and Allchin reiterated Wednesday
that corporations who buy Windows licenses in bulk will get the new system this
month. That's also in keeping with the company's revised release schedule.
The release will be the first major upgrade in more than five years to the
operating system that powers most of the world's personal computers. Vista
boasts improved graphics, more effective tools for finding documents, pictures
and other items on personal computers, and a new Internet browser, among other