At an event this Thursday at NASDAQ in New York City, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will officially launch versions of Windows Vista, Office 2007, and Exchange 2007 aimed at big businesses. Vista and Office 2007 were completed earlier this month, but Microsoft doesn't expect to ship Exchange until sometime in December. A larger, consumer-oriented launch event for Windows Vista and Office 2007 is still scheduled for January 30, 2007.
The timing of the business launch event is a bit odd: Because consumers won't be able to get Vista-based PCs until January, some may hold off on new PC purchases this holiday season. But the versions of Vista and Office 2007 that Microsoft is shipping starting tomorrow will not be made available to consumers, though news of the launch could be confusing to them. Instead, only businesses with volume license agreements with Microsoft will be able to get the code now.