Microsoft plans month-end Vista, Office and Exchange launches

Microsoft is expected to officially launch Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange 2007 in New York on 30 November.

Microsoft is expected to officially launch Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange 2007 in New York on 30 November.

While a November launch means that businesses with software assurance contracts expiring this month will get Windows Vista and Office 2007 as part of their contracts, they may not get Exchange 2007.

Analyst Gartner recently pointed out that users with software assurance expiring in November would get Office 2007, as it recently appeared on Microsoft price lists, even though most users will not be ready for widespread deployments until early next year.

The fact that it was on the list gave them the option to order it now, said Gartner. Microsoft has, for some time, said Windows Vista would be available to large companies this month.

But it is being reported that Exchange 2007 will not be ready to order until 1 December, the day after the 30 November launch at the Nasdaq stock exchange in New York.

This means that companies with software assurance contracts expiring in November may miss out. Microsoft has not confirmed exact availability of Exchange 2007 as the code is not finished.

The general release of Windows Vista and Office 2007 will be in early January.


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