Microsoft Gulf launches Vista

Microsoft Gulf celebrated a triple whammy at GITEX yesterday with the software behemoth launching Windows Vista, the 2007 Office System and Exchange Server 2007 in the region.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  November 20, 2006

Microsoft Gulf celebrated a triple whammy at GITEX yesterday with the software behemoth launching Windows Vista, the 2007 Office System and Exchange Server 2007 in the region. “Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system are among Microsoft’s most significant product innovations, representing years of research and development,” said Ali Faramawy, VP Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). “These products will help businesses overcome the challenges of our increasingly information-saturated world, enhancing the way people collaborate, communicate, protect and manage content, and find, use and share information." Crowds have been flocking to the Microsoft stand this week to find out more about the vendor’s new releases and see live demonstrations of the software in action. “It is very hard for anyone that has tried Vista to actually go back to an older platform,” Faramawy added. “Over the years that some of these new products have been under development we have invested some US$20bn in research and that is why we are so proud to debut these products at this year’s GITEX.” “This is the ultimate networking event in the Middle East and it is great to meet so many Microsoft partners, customers, friends and even our rivals. This is the perfect venue for Microsoft to launch these new products,” continued Faramawy. Microsoft claims that Windows Vista offers a breakthrough user experience and is designed to help users feel confident in their ability to view, find and organize information and to control their own computing experience. For business users, Microsoft reckons that Vista’s launch — alongside the 2007 Microsoft Office system and Exchange Server 2007 — ushers in a new era of reduced IT costs and improved security. The new releases are more secure by design; with default settings that provide enhanced security benefits to organisations without lengthy customisation processes. The new products are available in both English and Arabic. Several customers within the Gulf have already deployed Microsoft’s new software launches, including the prestigious Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai.

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