January 30, 2007

Microsoft debuts Vista in global marketing blitz

NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. rolled out Windows Vista at retailers in 70 countries on Tuesday, delivering a PC operating system that aims to better manage the explosion of digital media and protect users from the dangers of the Internet.

The world's biggest software maker marked the launch of its first all-new Windows operating system in five years with a marketing blitz including commercials featuring basketball star Lebron James and appearances by Bill Gates, Microsoft chairman and most recognizable face.

"We have just begun to see what we can do," Gates said at an event at the British Library in London. "We will be taking entertainment to a whole new level ... even education we believe will be changed very dramatically."

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