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Vista Wait to End With November

Mark your calendars. Microsoft is coming to New York for a Nov. 30 Vista show.

The software giant, which said it would unveil its flagship software sometime this month, is making the NASDAQ stock exchange its venue. Could it be a traffic-stopper in Times Square? We'll see.

Business customers may get their first peek at the final version of Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system.

In an invitation e-mailed to journalists Wednesday, Microsoft said it would also use Vista's coming out party to release Office 2007 and Exchange 2007.

"Microsoft is hosting a press conference on November 30 to talk about business availability of the 2007 Microsoft Office system, Exchange Server 2007 and Windows Vista," Microsoft said.

Although beset by a series of delays, which will mean holiday season PCs won't have Vista installed for the selling season, the software maker said it would release Vista for businesses during November and a wider general release in January 2007.

While originally slated to be released in time for Christmas season buying, in March the software maker said it needed to delay Vista's general launch until January.

A similar glitch befell the launch of Office. Microsoft has pushed the release of its flagship productivity suite from October to the end of 2006.

Responding to retailers upset they would be unable to include the next-generation operating system with new PCs, Microsoft recently announced a coupon program allowing consumers who buy computers now to purchase Vista at a discount when it is finally released.