Microsoft's long-awaited Vista operating system is now available to corporate customers, though consumers will have to wait until 2007 to use the system.
Windows Vista has been in development for five years and is launch two years behind schedule. Currently only available to business customers, Vista ix expected to go on sale to the public at the end of January 2007.
Vista replaces Windows XP as the standard Microsoft operating system. It is widely expected to be hugely successful across the globe in light of the fact that Windows currently operates on some 90 per cent of all PCs.
One of the main features of Vista is its enhanced security settings, which may come as a welcome innovation for businesses concerned over safety.
Some experts believe that the overall impact of Vista might be muted as more focus is placed upon online, internet-based technologies. However, Microsoft contends that Vista is equipped to meet these challenges.
"The release of Windows Vista is really critical to extending the capabilities of web-based applications," explained Microsoft chief Sanjay Parthasarathy.
Vista has launched alongside Office 2007 and Exchange Server 2007.