Microsoft Readies Vista and Office for Buisness Launch

After years of waiting, U.S. business customers will finally have a chance to get their hands on Windows Vista and Office 2007 when Microsoft launches the products on November 30 at an event in New York City.

The company sent e-mail invitations to a launch event, which is called Microsoft New Day for Business, on Wednesday. According to the e-mail, the event "will mark the business availability of three major releases from Microsoft" In addition to Vista and Office 2007, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 also will be released to business customers at the event.

Microsoft Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Steve Ballmer will be on hand for the event, along with Microsoft partners and customers, according to the invitation. The event will be held at the Nasdaq Stock Market in midtown Manhattan and the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.

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Can regular people buy a verison that is not for a business like buy an OEM cd? Or are they only releasing business versions first.

Edit: fixed typo. thinking of too many things at once.

what the hell, Exchange Server 2007 has barely been out as a beta. I can't keep track of the versions anymore so I guess they have been developing it for quite sometime even if betas weren't available.

p.s. how do I get an invite? I want to buy the software and I may be able to talk my work into buying it too.

Quote - BigBoy said @ #4.1
Actually... Beta 1 of Exchange 2007 came out in December 2005... so about 10 months ago...

Why would anyone want to beta test Exchange? That seems like too much of a headache to me. (to fully deploy in a "real" environment with many users)

So if Microsoft is releasing the products for purchase on the 30th, what about the average consumer? Still January?

Has anybody seen a list of any other cities for a Vista launch event? I love going to the launch events, free food, lots of CD/DVDs, plus free prizes.

No business in their right mind will roll out vista for at least 6 months, in many cases much longer. It took the company I work for 3 years to upgrade from 2000 to XP, from what I've heard that isn't that unusual. I guess the only reason to do this event now, rather than January is to reduce how long it takes businesses to roll out vista, it doesn't actually mean many (if any) businesses will be running vista this December...

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