Lol, "...or other high income markets". The Starter editin is suppose to be targeted at poor countries because it's so stripped down from the original OS. No way I'm getting that anyways. No one here would buy it.
Anyways, official release date:
Wow Starts January 29: Microsoft Sets Vista Consumer Launch
Microsoft will officially launch Windows Vista and Microsoft Office
2007 System for consumers at a special event in Times Square in New
York on January 29 called "Wow Starts Now." At the event, Microsoft
and its partners will promote Vista, Office 2007, and related
"On January 29, Microsoft will celebrate the launch of two amazing
products that represent the culmination of a tremendous team effort,"
an email message from Microsoft reads. "Millions of people--Microsoft
employees, developers, valued customers, bloggers, families, media,
the entire industry--have come together like never before and added
their own individual imprints to help make Vista and Office 2007 the
most tested products in Microsoft history."
The January 29 event apparently includes a lunch reception, then a
launch celebration. "Our celebration is dedicated to the millions of
people who helped transform the operating system into a rich
experience that's more exciting and more powerful than ever before,"
the email reads.