Microsoft's long-delayed Vista OS launched

Consumers can finally get their hands on Microsoft Corp.'s long-delayed Windows Vista, but unlike the mad midnight rushes retailers saw with the recently released video game consoles, stores saw only a trickle of early purchasers. Retailers around the world held special midnight events Monday or opened early Tuesday morning, as the Vista operating system and Office 2007 business software went on sale in 70 countries. Some stores, including a Best Buy in midtown Manhattan, brought in extra employees to handle pent-up demand for Vista. Vista is released after five years since Microsoft's last operating system - the longest time span between major OS releases. While the system has been available to businesses and as a beta version for testers for almost a year, its official launch was pushed to the end of January 2007 to allow hardware manufacturers to produce system parts compatible with the resource-hungry system. AP contributed to this report.