US businesses will finally have a chance to get their hands on Windows Vista and Office 2007 when Microsoft launches them at an event in New York City at the end of this month.

On Wednesday, email invitations went out to a launch event, Microsoft New Day for Business. According to the email, the event "will mark the business availability of three major releases from Microsoft." In addition to Vista and Office 2007, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 also will be released to business customers at the event.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will be on hand for the event, along with Microsoft partners and customers, according to the invitation. The event will be held at the Nasdaq Stock Market in mid-town Manhattan and the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.

Even though Vista and Office 2007 will be available to business customers later this month, many business customers have said they likely will not upgrade to Vista right away but will hold off until they do hardware upgrades or can justify the cost of the new OS.

The general release of Vista and Office 2007 is still on track for January 2007.