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Microsoft launches consumer version of Windows Vista

Microsoft has today officially launched the consumer version of Windows Vista, along with productivity suite Office 2007.

“Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 will transform the way people work and play,” said Microsoft chairman Bill Gates.

“Personal computers have become a key part of the daily lives of almost a billion people worldwide. Millions of consumers had a hand in helping us design, test and create the most exciting versions of Windows and Office we’ve ever released.

“Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 squarely address the needs and aspirations of people around the globe,” said Gates.

Windows Vista and the latest release of Microsoft Office feature graphic enhancements to the interface that make the desktop more “visually exciting and significantly easier to use“, said the firm.

With simple and intuitive tools, said Microsoft, consumers can easily create and share digital documents, photos, music and videos, participate in digital communities, and play online and offline games.

Features such as Windows Defender also help protect consumers against attacks from spyware and malicious web sites, while other enhancements help safeguard personal information.

In Microsoft Office 2007, Document Inspector helps clean personal information, comments and hidden text from documents.

Currently, said Microsoft, more than 1.5m million devices and peripherals are on the market that work with Windows Vista, including more than 2,500 that are Certified for Windows Vista.

Microsoft has kicked off a global television and web campaign encouraging people to see the “wow” of Windows Vista.

Microsoft says it has mobilised employees - including executives, engineers, developers and product managers
- to spend the launch day assisting salespeople at retail stores across the US.

The business versions of Vista were launched last November.

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