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November 2, 2006

Windows Vista Release Date

I haven’t been writing much about Windows Vista lately, just because there’s been so much to write about, and so many other sites are doing it better that I could ever hope to. I’ve just been tooling along silently, downloading and installing betas and release candidates, and getting familiar with the system and how it’s going to work. The one thing that has put off some of my excitement was the news that Product Activation will now be required even for volume license versions of Windows, and I hate that. I bought the volume license of Windows XP specifically because there was no Product Activation. Now it’s going to have it, and that raises tons and tons of questions in my mind, mostly about transferring licenses back and forth between all the new computers I’m buying here at work and the old ones I’m taking out of service. Sounds like it’s just going to make my job harder, and for no benefit. Fartknockers.

But anyway, the biggest news surrounding Vista is the one we’ve been waiting five years for. We have a release date! Well, a release date for the business edition, anyway, the volume license that I just talked about. There will be a launch/press conference on November 30th kicking off the release of Windows Vista, and after that Vista (which started out as Longhorn, if you’ll remember) will finally be available for purchase. If you’re a business user, at least. Home users will still have to wait for the official public launch in January.

I’m excited about Vista coming out, and if I can get all that Product Activation garbage sorted out I’ll probably be ordering a few copies for the office in the first week or two. My own computer will be the first guinea pig, of course, and then I’ll begin the slow process of upgrading and training everybody. It seems like I just had to do that with Windows XP around the office here, but it was really three years ago. And the XP upgrades went smoothly, so I’m hoping the same will be true for Vista. There’s just a lot of testing left to do. A lot.