A Microsoft spokesperson has confirmed that the planned release dates for Vista and Office are indeed November 30 after all, fulfilling Microsoft’s promise of delivering Vista in 2006.
That said, the general consumer versions of Vista are still planned for a January 2007 release, with the rumoured date of January 30 said to be on the verge of confirmation over the next few days.
The November 30 date will be a worldwide release, meaning Australians, New Zealanders and other countries in the same time zone will be able to get access to the software several hours before our North American brethren.
Exchange Server 2007 is also scheduled to be released on the same day, giving businesses access to Microsoft’s latest email server and email client (Outlook 2007). The US press invitation made special note of the fact that it will be the first time in 10 years that new versions of Vista, Exchange and Office will be launched together.
Corporate customers wanting access to the software will be able to get it on November 30, as will system builders, technology journalists and other selected parties, although some technology journalists may get access to the ‘Gold RTM code’ slightly sooner for review purposes. If we are able to access it any earlier we’ll be bringing you a review as soon as we possibly can.
In the US, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will be at the launch event, to be held at the Nasdaq Stock Market in midtown Manhattan and the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.
No details of the location of the Australian launch are yet available, but this will no doubt be detailed to the media soon and a flurry of activity will surround the launch.
Interestingly, an IDG News Service Report was quoted at a PC World article
as saying that Canadians will be having a launch event on November 23, where the software may well be launched early.
An Australian Microsoft spokesperson said this was unlikely as the internal information indicated November 30 was THE launch date, so we’ll have to see on November 24 (which will still be November 23 in Canada) what happens.
So... the end of Vista’s beginning is nearly here. Now the fun will really start!