Date Set for Vista, Office, Exchange Rollouts

Microsoft invites the press to witness releases of its three main software products in late November.

Microsoft has set the date for the long-awaited arrival of its next-generation flagship software products, Windows Vista, Office and Exchange.

The Redmond, Wash., company has sent out invitations to the media for a "Microsoft New Day for Business" press conference on Nov. 30, where CEO Steve Ballmer will demonstrate the products along with Microsoft partners and customers.

The tri-product rollout is a first for Microsoft, which usually gives major software releases their own day, and which culminates years of development in the case of Vista, the successor to Windows XP, which was released in late 2001. Vista has been in release candidate mode since early September.

The products will be made available to partners and large customers as early releases. Vista and Office will be made available to the general public in January.

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Scot Petersen

Scot Petersen

Scot Petersen is a technology analyst at Ziff Brothers Investments, a private investment firm. Prior to joining Ziff Brothers, Scot was the editorial director, Business Applications & Architecture,...