After six years and a six billion dollar investment, Microsoft released Vista on January 30. By the time of the launch, most Americans (53%) had already read, seen, or heard new stories about the first upgrade of the company’s flagship operating system since Windows XP.
The Hudson Employment Index (SM) fell 2.6 points to 102.7 in December, primarily as a result of lowered job satisfaction and increased job loss concerns. The monthly measure lost ground following a nearly four point rise in November.
Small business owners' confidence in the U.S. economy dipped somewhat in December, although optimism about the year ahead still remains high, according to the monthly Discover (R) Small Business Watch (SM).
On Thursday, December 21, more than a million Americans bought their last Christmas gift of 2006. Hundreds of thousands more finally got around to starting their shopping.
The final Rasmussen Reports holiday shopping poll of the season found that 53% of Americans have finished shopping heading into the final weekend before Christmas. That’s up from 48% the day before and 23% a week ago. Forty-two percent (42%) of all adults say they still have shopping left to do this weekend while 5% are not sure.
The Space Shuttle Discovery has routinely done what once seemed amazing—a night launch, docking with an International Space Station, completing four walks in space, and more. But, few Americans find it amazing any more.