Microsoft’s announcement today that Windows Vista and Office 2007 are now available for volume license customers represents the most significant product launch in the company’s history.
Additionally, said the company, launching Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange Server 2007 at the same time was
the first simultaneous release by Microsoft since Windows 95 and Office 95
more than a decade ago.
Microsoft also said consumers and businesses without volume licenses will be
able to purchase Vista and Office 2007 Jan. 30.
Today’s event actually was 30 years in the making, according to Ballmer.
“We have been working toward this moment since the day Bill Gates and Paul
Allen founded Microsoft three decades ago,” CEO Steve Ballmer wrote in an
The result of more than 1 billion user sessions and more than 5 billion beta
downloads, the new Windows products “mark an incredible step forward
for business innovation from Microsoft,” Ballmer said in a statement.
Ballmer admitted the changes are dramatic and “come with more than a little
risk.” However, the benefits of instant communication make any risks
“We expect that more than 200 million people will be using at least one of
these products by the end of 2007,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said.
“We want to continue to advance the revolution in the workplace productivity
and efficiency that we started 11 years ago by delivering tools and
capabilities that complete the transformation of IT from an expense to a
Ballmer was joined on stage by Michael Wolf, president and chief
operating officer of MTV Networks.
“In the highly competitive and fast-moving media and entertainment industry,
our advantage comes from our people,” Wolf said. “These new products provide
rich collaboration tools and powerful information-discovery capabilities
that will help our employees be more productive and more creative. This will
strengthen our competitive edge, and that’s why we’ll deploy the new
products to 3,000 desktops in the coming six months.”