[news=http://img335.imageshack.us/img335/6251/msvistanew3bh.gif]Microsoft has apparently put a date on the release of the next version of its Windows client, Windows Vista.
Users can expect Windows Vista to ship by November 15, 2006 - just in time for the 2006 holiday shopping season, according to WindowsITPro. Microsoft will no doubt hope to cash-in on a consumer PC buying frenzy during the run up to Christmas.
Microsoft has previously pinned the Windows Vista release at the fourth quarter of 2006, while speaking at the company's annual partner conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, earlier this summer.
The Windows Vista server companion, still codenamed Longhorn Server, is expected in 2007 with a release to manufacturing (RTM) date pinned at January 10, 2007. The server is expected to fork from the Windows Vista release schedule during the summer of 2006, with a Longhorn release candidate (RC) 2 due on October 18, 2006.