Vista Gets The Final Sign-Off

by admin November 9, 2006 at 11:35 am

Jim Allchin got out the pom-poms again to once again cheer for Windows Vista as he announced on a conference call that he has signed off on the project.

“It’s rock solid and we’re ready to ship,” said the co-president of Microsoft’s platform and services division.

So everything is now on track to deliver the final code to volume licensees at the end of this month and have it in stores on Jan. 30.

That will also be the day when PCs will be on sale with Vista pre-loaded.

Allchin said Vista already has support for five languages — English, Japanese, German, Spanish, and French– and will have 18 by launch day in January. There will be more than 100 language versions of Vista by the time Microsoft is done.

Vista has 50 percent more device driver coverage at RTM than XP had when development finished in 2001, and has been through more public previews ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú 16 total ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú than any operating system. Internally, Microsoft ran twice as many stress tests on it as XP, he said.

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