Microsoft Announces Business Launch for Vista, Office, Exchange

Microsoft will officially launch its business versions of Windows Vista, Microsoft Office 2007 System, and Exchange Server 2007 at a special New Day for Business press conference in New York City on November 30, the software maker confirmed yesterday. A separate and larger consumer launch event for Vista and Office 2007 is expected sometime in January, but Microsoft has yet to confirm the date or location.

Details of the business launch--which will include all Exchange 2007 versions but only volume-license versions of Vista and Office 2007--accompanied the electronic invitation to the press conference. Microsoft had promised that it would launch the volume-license versions of Vista in November 2006 or "by the end of the year," depending on who was speaking. The timing of the business-launch event meets both schedules.

Microsoft will host the event at the NASDAQ Stock Market and the nearby New York Marriott Marquis Hotel. Microsoft and partners such as AMD, Dell, HP, Intel, and Lenovo will meet with the press to discuss their plans for Vista, Office 2007, and Exchange 2007. Oddly, the New York event won't be the first to trumpet the new releases: Microsoft is hosting a separate New Day for Business event in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada a week earlier, on November 23. However, Microsoft says the New York event is the official launch.

I'll be attending the New Day for Business event in New York City and will file a report after the press conference.

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