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Vista Gets Official Release Dates 394

SlinkySausage writes "Five years, three months and five days after Windows XP made its debut, Microsoft will usher its next-generation OS onto the stage. Microsoft has set November 30 as the release date for Vista (and Office 2007) to business customers and January 30, 2007 as the date for the official launch to consumers and The World At Large."
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Vista Gets Official Release Dates

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  • Re:All in all... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Czar the Bizarre ( 841811 ) <[czar] [at] []> on Thursday November 02, 2006 @01:18AM (#16684827) Homepage
    funnily enough The Wall was released on the same day [] (albeit in 1979).
  • by wizrd_nml ( 661928 ) on Thursday November 02, 2006 @01:23AM (#16684853) Homepage
    Let me say up front I consider myself computer savvy but definitely not a programmer or an expert. My question to everyone is, why is everyone so upset about how long it's taking for Windows Vista to come out?

    As far as I can see, Windows XP, with patches, a firewall and Firefox seems to be working fine. I don't feel the need to upgrade as soon as Vista comes out.

    They're late on the deadline they originally set for themselves. But I don't see anyone else losing any sleep over it.
  • Re:535? (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 02, 2006 @01:34AM (#16684923)
    Base 11.201739?
  • by thesupermikey ( 220055 ) on Thursday November 02, 2006 @01:50AM (#16685013) Homepage Journal
    Does anyone have any details on which flavor of Vista will be made available for university licenses?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 02, 2006 @03:01AM (#16685391)

    And when the sales aren't there like they expected, will they attempt to blame piracy?

    I'm not hearing too much from companies that they want to upgrade again after just adopting XP in the last couple of years.

  • by dreamlax ( 981973 ) on Thursday November 02, 2006 @03:32AM (#16685567)

    Toshiba pride themselves in being a "genuine" Windows provider (I work for Toshiba). Although, quite a few laptops have a second partition on the hard drive which is a media player. Basically instead of booting to Windows it boots to this small OS that just plays DVDs so you don't have to wait for Windows to load . . . and guess what OS that might be? Yeah . . . Linux. And, for a very, very, very brief moment, you can see the words "Loading bzImage...".

  • by scsirob ( 246572 ) on Thursday November 02, 2006 @04:16AM (#16685775)
    The problem is that when MS set out to develop Vista, they publicly mentioned a whole range of new features that could benefit their customers. Many of these features (WinFS could have been a big business help) have been withdraw since then.

    Now, after more than five years, Vista looks like Windows-XP with a shiny new theme, some 'whoopy' features such as Glass, and a lot of hurdles for power users to do what used to be easy and now is hard. Many features require more mouseclicks to get to, cause annoying 'boy-I'm-so-secure-do-you-really-want-to-do-this' popups, and keep you from using fair use rights by tilting toward the entertainment industries everlasting deathgrip on 'their Holy IP'.

    Now after more than five years you'd expect a rock-solid OS that has a new, well designed foundation. Not so. I'm speaking from experience when I say that the stability is so-so, the system requirements are ludicrous, and the driver support is mediocre. On that last one, MS blaims the hardware vendors. Maybe so, but appearently those vendors either think it's too hard to write proper Vista drivers, or they are not too convinced that the development investment will help in higher sales...
  • One small caveat (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 02, 2006 @09:34AM (#16687477)
    (my experience). KDE doesn't handle disk copies fluidly enough: I do see a lack of responsiveness in the UI when copying large files. It may be becuause of the KIOSlaves being a little too blocking for their needs...

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