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Microsoft Hopes to Release Vista in January

Reuters News Wire (
Tue, 11 Jul 2006 15:00:13 -0500

Microsoft sees January Vista release

Microsoft Corp's release of Windows Vista should begin in November
with roll-out to businesses and broader release of the software to
general customers by January, company officials said on Tuesday.

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates told local software partners at a Cape
Town technology conference there was an "80 percent chance" Vista
would be ready as scheduled for broad release in January, a company
spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman, who asked not to be named, said the current plan was
to begin releasing Vista to business customers in November, with the
general release in January.

There has been speculation that the much-expected new operating system
could be delayed, although this has been denied by top company

Microsoft originally targeted a 2005 launch for the new Windows, then
pushed the release to 2006 before announcing in March that Vista would
again be delayed to improve the product.

The new versions of Microsoft's Windows and Office software are
central to the company's efforts to revive a stock that has
underperformed major indexes since the start of 2002.

Gates made his comments to Microsoft software partners at a conference
in Cape Town to discuss how technology can be harnessed to boost
Africa's competitiveness.

Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited.

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