Consumer magazine specialist Future has secured the rights from software giant Microsoft to publish Windows VistaTM The Official Magazine.

The magazine is dedicated to the latest version of the Microsoft Windows operating system.

UK-based Future won the licence for an initial five year-period, with worldwide licensing and distribution rights.

The first issue of the magazine should hit the stands in the autumn 2006 in the UK, US, France and Italy.

Other editions will be produced under licence by Future's international publishing partners Future has partnerships in 32 countries.

Windows Vista, the long-awaited successor to Windows XP is currently in beta testing and not due for release until December 2006.

Separately Future announced it will hold the licence rights to publish Microsoft Windows XP: The Official Magazine in UK and France for an extra two years to October 2007, with additional sublicensing opportunities.

It has been publishing the title in the UK & France since 2001.
Media Week