Well, we've been waiting along time (5 years, 3 months and 5 days to be precise), but, Windows Vista is about to become a reality, for corporate customers anyway.
I'm going to get straight to the point here. It's available on the 30th November. 2006. Put it in your diary's, circle it on your calendar, put it in Outlook (2007 hopefully!) - do whatever you want to remember it - the wait is nearly over!
For us consumers, we will have to wait a little bit longer, sometime towards the end of January 2007 I guess, but it will be worth it. Get ready for the biggest software launch in history.
I've been running Vista RTM for a while now (whether or not I've been running the final final final iteration of the RTM build is beyond me!), with its swanky new sounds (not these ones, by James - He's such a joker - try living with him!) and new wallpapers, and it's been running fine for me - better than fine - I just couldn't go back to XP now. End of story.
Expect an official announcement on the consumer version soon I guess!
The BBC have even provided a handy little hardware checklist, so you can have a quick glance to see if your PC is Vista Ready.