Five years after its predecessor Windows XP was introduced, Microsoft embarks on its biggest product launch since Windows 95 with the mass-market release of Windows Vista and the 2007 Office system. Company founder Bill Gates was on hand in New York to personally back the new-generation products.
Despite the hi-tech hype not everyone is convinced of the efficacy of Vista with warnings to consumers of problems with viruses and hackers. Richard Doherty research director of Envisioneering said “If you have a new PC, It will look great. If you put this on a PC made two years ago, your PC may slow down.”
Meanwhile in Tokyo hundreds of computer fans counted down to midnight when Vista went on sale. Microsoft invested some 4.5 billion euros in developing the package and believes it to be its most secure operating system.