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article imageWindows Vista and Office 2007 finally launched. But not for us...

By TORMENTOR     Nov 30, 2006 in Technology
Microsoft finally kept one of its promises: to release Windows Vista and Office 2007 on November 30. Unfortuantely, end-users will have to wait until next year to get their XP up-graded.
Microsoft decided to skip the critical Christmas shopping season for Vista and Office 2007 and thus offered us another classical example of how to shoot yourself in the foot. It seems that the delay for end-users (they will see Vista in stores on January 30, 2007) is determined by the need to further test the OS for bugs. Moreover, it appears that hardware manufacturers themselves contributited to this delay, asking MS more time to test their new configurations with Vista.
But the delay means MS dangerously affected its chances to have the OS adopted by the masses. Despite the coupons offered to customers, many analysts are reserved about Redmond's optimism that more than 200 million computers will run Vista in the first two years from its launch. Price and performance are two of the most important set-backs for Vista, further feeding consumers' skepticism.
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