by CIO Staff

Microsoft Vista Consumer Release Set for Jan. 30

Nov 09, 20062 mins
Small and Medium BusinessWindows

Microsoft, the world’s leading producer of software, on Wednesday said it had finished up development of the software code behind its much-anticipated—and oft-delayed—Windows Vista operating system (OS), and that the software will be available to consumers on Jan. 30, the Associated Press reports via

Speaking in a conference, Jim Allchin, co-president of the Microsoft division that encompasses Windows, said the software code was released to manufacturing (RTM) Wednesday, according to

The RTM means that hardware vendors can now begin configuring their machines and installing the software on PCs that will be listed for sale in January.

Microsoft recently announced plans to release both Vista and its Office 2007 software suite on Nov. 30 to enterprises, and Allchin confirmed those dates, reports.

It typically takes a period of time for enterprises to begin widespread use of a new OS after it’s released, as it needs to be vetted with individual systems employed at each business locale, so it is not currently clear when such organizations will begin using the software, reports.

The Vista upgrade will be the first major enhancement to the Windows operating system in more than five years, and it will include improved graphics and enhanced file search functionality, as well as updated security safeguards, according to

Vista’s most recent delay meant that Microsoft would not release the software before the holidays—a move that frustrated PC and hardware vendors looking to cash in on the profitable season. To allay some of the concerns on the part of these vendors, Microsoft recently announced an initiative under which it will give out Vista upgrade coupons to people who purchase Vista-compatible PCs between Oct. 26, 2006, and March 15, 2007.

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