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Microsoft set to debut Vista operating system

india Updated: Nov 29, 2006 08:21 IST

Microsoft will announce availability of business versions of its long-awaited Vista operating system on Thursday, according to analysts invited to a release event in New York City.

The final version of Microsoft's Office 2007 business applications software was to be available along with Vista.

"This is a business launch," said Gartner Research vice president Michael Silver. "Consumers will need to wait a little while."

Vista would be available worldwide in PCs on January 30, 2007, according to Microsoft co-president of platforms Jim Allchin.

Allchin declared Vista "rock solid" earlier this month when the Redmond, Washington, company began shipping software to computer programmers and manufacturers so they could tailor their wares to the systems.

Vista features that promised to be of particular interest to businesses included BitLocker, which encrypts data stored on computer hard drives, according to analyst Michael Cherry of Directions on Microsoft.

"If the drive is lost or stolen, you've lost your hardware but no one can read the data," Cherry said of BitLocker, which was in Vista for enterprise servers and the premium Vista version for PCs.

"Those embarrassing stories we read in the news should be reduced."

Cherry expected businesses to also be enticed by a feature requiring users to have administrative access to install new software.

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