This morning Windows chief Jim Allchin held a conference call to announce that Microsoft has declared Windows Vista complete. "It's rock solid and we're ready to ship. This is a good day," he said of Microsoft signing off on the final code. CNet gives us a little timeline
, reminding us that it's been five years since Windows XP debuted and three years since detailed "Longhorn"--Vista's codename--plans were first revealed. Now Microsoft will release the OS to PC manufacturers and gear up for its release to business customers on November 30 and consumers on January 30. It's still waiting, however, for a few straggling hardware makers to finish their Vista drivers. Microsoft is planning a release press conference on November 30 for Vista and Office 2007. The champagne is undoubtedly flowing fast in Redmond today.