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Microsoft announces Vista launch events

Invites sent to US and Canadian businesses

Microsoft has committed to launching Windows Vista and Office 2007 to businesses in Canada and the US on November 23 and November 30th respectively.

Microsoft will launch the products in Canada first, with the MSDN Canada site revealing that the company will hold New Day for Business events throughout the country, starting in Edmonton, Alberta, on November 23.

Following the Edmonton event, which will be held at the Shaw Conference Centre, Microsoft will hold events in Toronto on December 5, Montreal on December 7, Ottawa on December 12 and other cities throughout the country through January 2007.

US business customers will finally have a chance to get their hands on Vista and Office 2007 when Microsoft launches the products on November 30 at an event in New York City.

The company sent invitations to a launch event, called Microsoft New Day for Business, yesterday and claimed the event "will mark the business availability of three major releases from Microsoft". In addition to Vista and Office 2007, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 will also be released to business customers at the event.

Microsoft chief executive officer (CEO) Steve Ballmer will be on hand, along with Microsoft partners and customers, according to the invitation. The launch will be held at the Nasdaq Stock Market in midtown Manhattan and the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.

Even though Vista and Office 2007 will be available to business customers later this month, many customers have said they likely will not upgrade to Vista right away but will hold off until they do hardware upgrades or can justify the cost of the new OS. Microsoft is hoping customers will deploy Vista and Office 2007 together.

The consumer release of Vista and Office 2007 is still on track for January 2007.

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