Amazon.com has started to sell Microsoft’s Windows Vista operating system, but customers will have to wait in line for delivery of the OS along with everyone else.
While Amazon is now taking orders for Vista, it says it doesn’t expect to start shipping it until 30 January.
This timeframe is based on Amazon’s estimates and cannot be guaranteed. Some analysts, including Gartner, believe Vista may take longer to be available to all users.
Microsoft has previously said the delayed OS will be available to the mass market in “early 2007”, although large businesses are expected to be able to get Vista by this November.
Amazon is selling Vista from as little as £55, although a top-of-the-range version with all features available is £210.
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