updated 05:20 pm EST, Wed November 8, 2006
Windows Vista goes gold
Microsoft today released Windows Vista to manufacturing, signaling the first official release of the company's next-generation operating system that will compete with Mac OS X. The announcement comes one day earlier than anticipated, and is touted by the software giant as the most heavily tested operating system ever. "Release to manufacturing signifies the completion of our development work and the start of the next phase for Windows Vista," said Sven Hallauer, release manager and director of program management at Microsoft. "Windows Vista is the highest-quality version of Windows that we've ever produced. We've had more people test more builds than previous development cycles, and the result is that we received more feedback than ever before." Industry watchers repeatedly questioned the reliability of Vista and the Microsoft's marketing strategies as Vista progressed through its development cycle. Apple, meanwhile, is scheduled to release Mac OS X 10.5 'Leopard' in early January alongside numerous other products.