Microsoft declared its long-awaited new Vista operating system finished saying the software was now shifting into an “RTM” phase in which computer programmers and manufacturers tailor their wares to the new operating system. Microsoft will release the RTM operating system in five languages and will have it available in 18 languages by the consumer market release early next year. Vista eventually would be available in 100 languages .Vista will run more applications “out of the box” than did Windows and “tens of thousands” of retailers will be selling computers pre-loaded with the new operating system at the consumer debut, according to Microsoft.
It has been five years since Microsoft introduced the Windows XP system that Vista will replace. Windows software is used by approximately 90 percent of the world’s computers with 70 percent of the machines running on Windows XP.