With the two simple words “It’s time“, posted on the Windows Vista blog, Jim Allchin announced to the world yesterday that Windows Vista has been released to manufacturing.
The official Microsoft press release is here.
Released to mnufacturing means that the code has been finalised and sent to be pressed on DVDs for subsequent distribution and sale.
When will you be able to get your hands on it? Well, according to Sven Hallauer, release manager and director of program management at Microsoft:
Microsoft is hosting a series of events around the world on November 30 to officially recognize business availability of the 2007 Microsoft Office system, Exchange Server 2007 and Windows Vista, and we announced today that the worldwide general availability launch is January 30, 2007. So yes, everything is on track and weâ€™re very excited about it.
According to Microsoft, a the minimum spec to run Vista is:
- A modern processor (at least 800MHz).
- 512 MB of system memory.
- A graphics processor that is DirectX 9 capable.
However, to be able to benefit from the new interface, your computer will need to be a Windows Vista Premium Ready PC which includes at least:
- 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor1.
- 1 GB of system memory.
- Support for DirectX 9 graphics with a WDDM driver, 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum)2, Pixel Shader 2.0 and 32 bits per pixel.
- 40 GB of hard drive capacity with 15 GB free space.
- DVD-ROM Drive3.
- Audio output capability.
- Internet access capability.
The hardware manufacturers are rubbing their hands with glee!
There is a lot of talk about this new operating system because it took so long to come this far. I’m wondering if Microsoft, after six years writing an operating system, finally managed to produce an operating system which is secure!