Microsoft’s Windows Albatross, er Vista could slip even more

“More delays to the release schedule for Windows Vista revealed Friday suggest that problems with shipping the OS may be broader than Microsoft has admitted,” Elizabeth Montalbano reports for Macworld UK. “Beta testers familiar with Microsoft’s plans to release test versions of the OS said that although Microsoft has said Vista development has been delayed a few weeks, the date the OS will be released to manufacturers has been pushed back two months.”

“In a hastily scheduled conference call Tuesday, Jim Allchin, co-president of Microsoft’s Platforms & Services division announced that the consumer versions of Vista would not ship on PCs until January 2007, though business customers will have access to Vista before the end of the year through the volume licensing channel. This means Microsoft and its hardware partners will miss selling Vista PCs during the busy holiday shopping season in the US between late November and late December,” Montalbano reports. “Allchin characterised the delay in development as ‘a few weeks’ on Tuesday’s call. But a two-month change in the RTM of the product clearly suggests development is off track by more than that. Moreover, analysts said missing its target date for the holiday season gives Microsoft breathing room to push back Vista’s release even further into 2007. PC sales are typically slower in the first and second quarters of the year, said Joe Wilcox, an analyst with Jupiter Research. ‘Microsoft missed the holidays, so January might as well be July,’ he said.”

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  1. MAN this is amazing. From what I read, Microsoft intended to re-write up to 60% of the Vista code _between now and release_!!! Imagine the security and stability issues in rewriting half of any OS in less than a year. It will take that long just to test!

  2. MS is in deep doo doo. They are caught in a tar pit and refuse to grab at the solid land to get the hell out. Only a total architecture change to a unix/unix like kernel can save them for the long term, though they will lose their dominance for their stupid delay and lack of leadership in any case. Apple will eat a good part of their desktop lunch and Linux will keep replacing MS in the server space. It couldn’t happen to a more rotten company.

  3. Businesses will NOT be installing Vista any time soon. Unlike consumers, they are far too dependent upon established software and stability. Most companies will wait until Vista’s Service Pack 1 is released, and then a few more additional months to insure that SP 1 is itself stable and fully compatible with their needed software. Most companies predict a move to Vista around 2008.

    This brings to light one more major advantage to Mac OS X; stability and reliability come much quicker to Mac users, usually within weeks. Businesses can take full advantage of Mac’s improvements and innovations much quicker. Such an early adoption of newer and faster technologies could save some companies thousands or even millions of dollars, not to mention the additional savings in IT department costs when far fewer problems need to be resolved.

    Apple’s new battle cry: “Total Cost of Ownership!”

  4. Love that headline!

    Now we know the reason that Microsoft stopped using the year it was released in the product name (Windows 98, Windows 2000) – they have no idea when this turkey, er, albatross, will be released!

  5. Vista: wave of the future, whenever it is released.

    Apple: download some tunes

    MacIntel: Steve’s surrender

    Other than unreliable widgets, OS 10.xxxxxx
    is little more than XP now. When Vista hits, the Macs will be history – just as Steve has planned.

  6. From Micro$oftopoly
    To Mr P. Thurott

    Here is your copy of Windows XP Service Pack 3. This was previously known of as Windows Vista and Longhorn prior to that. Please hold your opinions and comments from publication until at least January 1, 2010 as the copy you have is a preview.

  7. I’ll put money on two thirds of businesses not upgrading to VISTA for a few years, if at all. VISTA will cost more from every angle and deliver no more, just in a slower more complicated way that will make systems break down more often and as the final nail in its coffin, will probably be no less insecure than what has gone before.

    Its days are numbered, for sure.

    Andiamo Apple!

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