Microsoft has set the release dates for its Windows Vista and Office 2007 products, according to sources close to the software giant.
Business customers with either an enterprise license or software assurance deal will be able to get hold of the software on November 30th, while consumers will have to wait for the official launch on January 30th 2007. This falls in line with what Microsoft had previously stated.
The consumer launch will signify the time when we’ll be able to buy retail versions of Vista or alternatively buy desktop and notebook systems with the new OS installed.
According to APC Magazine
, both Vista and the Office suite are expected to make the transition from a tweaked Release Candidate to the final gold master and will move to the manufacturing stage by the middle of this month.
There is no word on when the final DirectX 10 libraries will hit at the moment though – I would hazard a guess that it will either ship with the consumer version of Vista at the end of January, or will be available for download at launch.