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Windows Vista makes its debut

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REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft has dominated the computing industry for years, and in an effoft to maintain it, the computer giant is set to launch its new Windows operating system. It's called Vista. And the company says it will change the way you live.

Bill Gates says "wow" when he talks about it. In New York on Monday, the Washington state billionaire said users will be "wowed" by the new system's features, which goes on sale for $100-$400, depending on the versions.

More than five years in development, Vista is being sold to consumers for the first time. A business version went on sale last November.

Retailers Comp U-S-A and Best Buy will be opening some stores early, using a tactic typically reserved for video-game consoles.

In Tokyo, where it is already Tuesday, about 80 people lined up at a store to become among the first to own Vista. One consumer explained that he says "very high" expectations for Vista.

Gates says users booting up to Vista will see a slick 3-D graphical user interface and document icons that give at-a-glance previews.

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