Faced with tough competition in the software market, Microsoft has released new versions of windows and office for businesses, marking the beginning of several other products it plans to roll out over the next year in an effort to maintain its dominant position in the Personal Computer (PC) market.
Releasing the windows Vista operating system and 2007 office on Thursday, Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said that the company plans to release a host of new products designed to enable businesses to thrive in a world of instant communication, expanding information and constant change.
Windows Visa and new office will initially be available for businesses and corporations to whom Microsoft expects to make substantial sales but these will not arrive in the consumer market until January 30, something which disappointed the PC makers who could have enticed the buyers during the year end holiday season which sees maximum sales.
The new operating systems come after five years of release of the last version and after repeated delays, something Microsoft says it would correct now.
Announcing the release at a press conference, Ballmer said in addition to Visa and 2007 office, the company plans to release more than 30 new products for business customers.
Ballmer said new versions of Windows, Office and Exchange Server 2007 are the result of an unprecedented collaboration between Microsoft and its customers.
Real-life scenarios guided product development through feedback from customers who volunteered to let Microsoft watch them work in more than one billion user sessions.