The long-awaited Windows Vista and Office 2007 will make their debut on November 23 -- in Canada. The Canadian debut will feature a launch event in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on November 23, according to Microsoft Corp.'s MSDN Canada Web site.

Microsoft will hold a series of events to introduce Vista and Office 2007 -- along with the next version of its Exchange messaging server, Exchange Server 2007 -- to its business customers throughout Canada.

Following the Edmonton event, which will be held at the Shaw Conference Centre, Microsoft will hold events in Toronto on December 5, Montreal on December 7 and Ottawa on December 12, according to the site.

The main site with information about the launch events can be found here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/canada/anewday2007/default.aspx

According to other Web sites -- https://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/EventDetail.aspx?culture=en-GB&EventId=1032312186 and http://www.reginadot.net/Home/tabid/36/ctl/Details/mid/384/ItemID/22/selecteddate/1/9/2007/Default.aspx -- there will be similar launch events in Victoria, British Columbia, on December 14, and Regina, Saskatchewan, on January 9, 2007.

At the launch events, Microsoft will give attendees an overview and demonstrations of the products, and there will also be special sessions for developers, IT professionals and business and government customers, according to the site. Microsoft partners also will be showcasing wares that use the new products in a Partner Pavilion that will be set up at the events.

Microsoft has not confirmed exactly when it will release Vista to manufacturers and business customers, saying only that it will be ready in November, with a consumer release scheduled for January 2007. There is still no public information on when Vista will launch in the US, UK or other countries.

Though Vista was delayed several times, Microsoft last week assured customers that there will be no more delays and everything is on track to release Vista according to the current schedule.