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Microsoft unveils Windows Vista

Bill Gates hails company's latest offering


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Microsoft boss Bill Gates his unveiled the technology giant’s latest operating system, Windows Vista.

It’s the next generation operating system which follows on from Windows XP and its launch has been accompanied by the unveiling of a new 2007 Office system.

Microsoft has hailed Windows Vista and 2007 Microsoft Office as ‘… the most thoroughly tested software releases in Microsoft’s history’.

The BBC predicts 100 million computers worldwide will be using Vista within 12 months.

Microsoft’s Bill Gates has said Vista will revolutionise everything from how we make telephone calls to how we watch television.

Windows Vista

He added: ‘Personal computers have become a key part of the daily lives of almost a billion people worldwide. Millions of consumers had a hand in helping us design, test and create the most exciting versions of Windows and Office we’ve ever released. Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 squarely address the needs and aspirations of people around the globe.’

For a Tuesday morning store celebration, DSG International PLC’s flagship PC World store in central London hired costumed characters, including Sherlock Holmes to signify security and a movie star to emphasize multimedia.

PC World spokesman Hamish Thompson said some retailers are banking on the new system to push customers toward the higher-end machines needed to run Vista – which imposes such hardware requirements as 1 gigabyte of system memory, or RAM.

Consumers will also need to upgrade older software and devices to work with Vista.

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