Microsoft is today launching its Windows Vista operating system and its Microsoft Office 2007 suite for large businesses.
The official launch will take place at the Nasdaq stock exchange in New York today, and Microsoft is keen to promote the different aspects of the software that differentiate them from previous offerings.
Sanjay Parthasarathy, corporate vice president with Microsoft’s Developer and Platform Evangelism Group, said, "While the new IT and end-user features of these products get a lot of attention, there’s also a lot going on with the underlying platform that creates new opportunities for developers and independent software vendors to build applications and grow their businesses on the Microsoft platform."
He said, "The release of Windows Vista is really critical to extending the capabilities of web-based applications due to breakthrough innovations to the underlying infrastructure in the .Net Framework."
On the Office front, Parthasarathy said, "There’s a lot of excitement around the new capabilities in the 2007 Office system which is a culmination of our 'Office as a platform' vision."
In the last two years, said Parthasarathy, developers have increasingly wanted to use Office as a front-end platform to support mission critical business systems.
A new user interface and additional extensibility will help in this area, said Parthasarathy.
He said new security and manageability features in Windows Vista will also please customers.
The general release for Vista and Office 2007 will be in early January.
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