The Inquirer believes they have tracked down someone who knows when Vista will be released.  The RTM (Release To Manufacturer) should be out mid-month, giving Dell, HP and others the chance to get Vista installed on pre-built systems.  It does seem like a tight time-line to get those PCs in stores for Christmas.
“WELL PLACED sources have informed Apcmag that the release dates for Vista have been set in place.

Tuesday November 30th should see the release of Vista to corporate customers, and standard retail customers purchasing from stores or OEMs should be able to get their copy of the new Microsoft operating system from Tuesday January 30th 2007.

It’s planned that Office 2007 will be released in parallel on the same days respectively, ensuring a bumper Christmas for Microsoft’s bottom line.”

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