Written by Ed Oswald and Nate Mook
“It’s time!” And with that simple blog post, Windows head Jim Allchin has heralded the arrival of Windows Vista. Microsoft said Wednesday that it has released the next-generation operating system to manufacturing, capping a more than five-year development effort.
Volume license customers will get their hands on the final release -build number 6000- this month, while the public launch of Vista is scheduled for January 30, 2007. The release to manufacturing of Vista will allow PC and device makers as well as developers finalize work on hardware and software in preparation for its formal debut.
The release of Vista will initially come in five languages including French, Spanish and Japanese that have already received final approval. The English version was signed off Wednesday morning, Jim Allchin said in an afternoon conference call.
“Windows Vista is built to be our most reliable operating system yet,” release manager and director of program management Sven Hallauer said. “We used new development methodologies that helped us build more secure and reliable software.”