The Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) rolled out Windows Vista at retailers in 70 countries today, delivering a PC operating system reported to better manage digital media and to increase security.
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To view an interactive example of Vista visit: microsoft.com
Microsoft Vista was delayed several times during development and consequently it has been 5 years since the release of the last operating system. The marketing campaign introducing the product will include commercials featuring basketball star Lebron James and Bill Gates.
“We have just begun to see what we can do,” Gates said at a London event. “We will be taking entertainment to a whole new level … even education we believe will be changed very dramatically.”
Vista required a $6 billion investment from Microsoft and will be installed on over a 100 million PC’s worldwide, according to reports.
The AP reports tepid sales saying in an article earlier today, “Consumers can finally get their hands on Microsoft Corp.’s long-delayed Windows Vista, but unlike the mad midnight rushes retailers saw with the recently released video game consoles, stores saw only a trickle of early adopters Tuesday.
The most apparent change in the product is the look and feel of the interface. Many have charged that Microsoft has borrowed liberally from the Apple operating system. Vista’s “Aero” interface uses 3-D graphics to create translucent windows that appear to float above the background screen.
Brad Cramer, who witnessed the release in London was quoted in an AP article as saying, “I have a Mac and a lot of the things they showed us I could do a couple of years ago, so we’ll have to wait and see how much of an improvement there is.”
Competitors for MSFT include: Google Inc. (GOOG), International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), Oracle Corp. (ORCL), Apple Computer Inc. (AAPL), Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE), Altiris Inc. (ATRS), Borland Software Corp. (BORL), Convera Corp. (CNVR), Citrix Systems Inc. (CTXS), DivX Inc. (DIVX), Earthlink Inc. (ELNK), Epicor Software Corp. (EPIC), Immersion Corp. (IMMR), Logitech Intl. SA (LOGI), Lawson Software Inc. (LWSN), Marchex Inc. (MCHX), McAffee Inc. (MFE), Macrovision Corp. (MVSN), Novell Inc. (NOVL), Openwave Systems Inc. (OPWV), Progress Software Corp. (PRGS), Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM), RealNetworks Inc. (RNWK), SAP AG (SAP), Smith Micro Software Inc. (SMSI), Stellent Inc. (STEL), Sun Microsystems Inc. (SUNW), Sybase Inc. (SY), Symantec Corp. (SYMC), TiVo Inc. (TIVO), United Online Inc. (UNTD), WebEx Communications Inc. (WEBX), Wind River Systems Inc. (WIND), and Zixit Corp. (ZIXI).
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|Covered Call â€“ Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) $ 30.57 (45)|
|MSQCK||07 MAR 30.00||$1.15||3.80%||1.70%||1.70%|
|Bull-Call Debit Spread — Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) $ 30.57 (45)|
|MSQCK||07 MAR $30.00||$1.15||MSQCY||07 MAR $27.50||$3.30||16.30%||$29.65|
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