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Wednesday, November 1, 2006 - Page updated at 02:31 PM

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Microsoft plans Nov. 30 launch of biggest business products

Seattle Times technology reporter

Microsoft today announced plans to launch its biggest products for business customers at an event in New York City on Nov. 30.

The company said it will launch Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange Server 2007 starting with an event at the Nasdaq Stock Market. Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer is also scheduled to give a press conference, along with major Microsoft customers.

"Launching together for the first time in 10 years, these releases will invigorate the IT industry while enabling businesses to fully utilize their greatest resource: their people," Microsoft said in an invitation to the event sent at 1:15 p.m., after the close of trading. The company's shares gained 10 cents today to close at $28.81.

Microsoft plans to make Vista and Office available to consumers in January.

Nov. 30, the last day of the month, barely meets its stated target of launching the product in November for business customers.

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