Vista, Office 2007 to launch on Nov. 30

Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange Server 2007 to be available for business customers Nov. 30.

After years of waiting, business customers will finally have a chance to get their hands on Windows Vista and Office 2007 when Microsoft launches the products globally on November 30.

The company has sent, by email, invitations to a launch event in New York City called Microsoft New Day for Business on Wednesday. According to the email, the event "will mark the business availability of three major releases from Microsoft". In addition to Vista and Office 2007, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 also will be released to business customers at the same time. Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, will be on hand for the event, along with Microsoft partners and customers.

Even though Vista and Office 2007 will be available to business customers later this month, many business customers have said they probably will not upgrade to Vista right away but will hold off until they do hardware upgrades or can justify the cost of the new OS. Microsoft is hoping customers will deploy Vista and Office 2007 together, and is planning press interviews in New York on Monday to discuss specifically the benefits of doing so.

The general release of Vista and Office 2007 is still on track for January 2007.

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