Vista availability update straight from the horse's mouth

Vista availability update straight from the horse's mouth

Summary: Microsoft has “one more EDW

TOPICS: Windows

Brad Goldberg, General Manager of Microsoft’s Windows Client Business Group, would, no doubt, prefer not to be called a horse.

But Goldberg did say on September 29 that Microsoft has “one more EDW” (External Developer Workstation) build of Vista slated before the product RTMs (releases to manufacturing). That means one more fairly widescale test release. Then it's soup, Goldberg said.

As of today, Microsoft believes it will make Vista available to businesses in November 2006 and release the product through all other channels in January 2007, Goldberg reiterated. Yep, it’s all systems go.

Anyone want to bet on the business launch date for Vista? My guess? November 9. Why? Because it’s a Thursday (traditional Microsoft product launch day) and by then, we’ll all supposedly be “ready for a new day.”

Just a wild guess, though.

Topic: Windows


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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