Countdown clock pegs Vista RTM for October 25

Summary:If Microsoft's own countdown clock doesn't get reset, the company will release to manufacturing the Windows Vista operating system next week, on October 25.

Seattle Times reporter Ben Romano got a glimpse of a countdown clock in Building 9 at Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond. If the clock doesn't get reset, Microsoft will release to manufacturing the Windows Vista operating system next week, on October 25.

Still unknown: The dates of the business launch of the product (I guessed November 9 a while back, but Microsoft still hasn't confirmed or denied) and the date of the worldwide launch, which many are expecting around mid- to late January 2007.

The Seattle Times is guessing the worldwide launch will be at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 7. I'm doubtful; Vista would just get lost in all the (literal) noise at that event. I'm still predicting January 30, the day that Amazon.com leaked back in August.

In other Vista-related news, Microsoft has upped substantially its own predictions as to how many applications will be Vista-ready in the coming months. Microsoft officials say there are 300 applications that already work with Vista; 2,700 more coming by January; and another 4,000 within 12 months of launch.

Just a few months ago, Microsoft officials said 1,000 apps would be Vista-ready within three to four months of the January launch.

Wonder how many of the thousands of newly-found applications will be brand-new ones that are optimized for Vista vs. existing apps which ISVs will tweak in some way to get them to be 100-percent compatible with Vista?

Topics: Windows

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Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network. Got a tip? Se... Full Bio

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