After 5 years of development, Windows Vista is finally finished. Few days ago, it has been announced that Office 2007 is complete as well.
I have used Windows Vista for quite some time already since Beta 1 days last year, followed by Beta 2, multiple CTPs (Community Technology Preview), and RC1 (Release Candicate 1). I didn’t bother to install RC2 since the final version was so near and RC1 was stable and good enough for me. I have also used Office 2007 since its Beta days last year, and never looked back.
After using both Windows Vista and Office 2007 all this while, I can say for sure that I’ll never go back to Windows XP or Office 2003 anymore, well, unless I really really really really really really really have to (read: forced to). hehe… Retail price for Vista will be US$199 for Home Basic (US$99.95 for upgrade), US$239 for Home Premium (US$159 for upgrade), and US$399 for Ultimate Edition (US$259 for upgrade). I recommend getting Home Premium edition for the much better experience over Home Basic for additional US$40, or if you have enough cash to burn, get the Ultimate Edition 🙂
Besides Vista and Office 2007, Microsoft has also released the final version of other software, like Internet Explorer 7, Windows Defender, Windows Desktop Search and Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP to name a few. Of course, there are many more software released in the business/corporate space like .NET Framework 3.0 and Sharepoint Server 2007.
Congratulations to Microsoft for getting all these big releases out of the door 🙂