Windows Vista and Office 2007 launch in New Zealand
Posted on 30-Jan-2007 16:29
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In what Microsoft New Zealand called "the most significant product launch in Microsoft history", New Zealand bloggers and journalists had access to an event where the company introduced its new operating system, Microsoft Windows Vista, the Office 2007 suite of tools for office, students and home, and Windows Live OneCare , a package for full PC care including antivirus, antispyware and PC management.
The activities started at 00:01 on the 30th January in Auckland, when rugby legend Dan Carter purchased the first Windows Vista loaded PC to be sold on a retail store in the world. He immediatelly signed the PC and donated the machine for a charity on-line auction. Microsoft New Zealand is also running a series of online charity auctions and New Zealanders will be able to bids on copies of Windows Vista Ultimate digitally signed by Bill Gates, Microsoft Corporation Chairman, and copies of Microsoft Office Professional 2007, to raise funds for child cancer research charity Cure Kids.
The Wellington activities started with a pre-event dinner on 29th January when invited bloggers and press had the chance to meet each other before the early start on Tuesday 30th January.
Guests were driven to a mysterious location in Wellington, which turned up to be Shaan Stevens' home and offices for the Guinness Gallagher company.
The five storey house offered "vistas" of the Wellington Harbour and is home to Stevens' family including a library/media room, living area and offices completely integrated through Windows Vista and Office 2007.
The system counts two servers, including a Windows Server 2003 and a Windows SBS, an Infrant ReadyNAS server with 3TB storage for multimedia, plus Xbox 360 in the media room and bedrooms, acting as media extenders.
Guests were split into four groups, guided through the house to visit four different stations, including the boardroom, office, media room and family room. Helen Robinson, Managing Director Microsoft New Zealand was present and hosted the event, with other Microsoft employees showing the groups through the house. Guests had the chance to meet the family and business associates throughout the event and ask questions.
Microsoft Windows Vista was released to business customers on 30 November 2006 and is finally available in retail stores, as a stand alone product or part of a pre-configured PC.