Microsoft CEO Ballmer: Vista consumer launch could slip further

“The launch of the consumer version of Windows Vista, Microsoft’s new operating system, could be pushed back past the stated January launch date, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said Wednesday,” Martyn Williams and Al Sacco report for IDG News Service.

“The operating system was due to be launched this year, but in March the company said it wouldn’t get broad release until January 2007,” Williams and Sacco report.

“Ballmer said Wednesday that the planned January launch may slip further based on feedback from a beta release program and the product road maps of hardware vendors. ‘We think we are on track for shipping early in the year. We’ve talked about the month, but we get a chance to critically assess all of the feedback we’ll get from this beta release then confirm or move [the launch date] a few weeks,’ he said at a news conference in Tokyo,” Williams and Sacco report.

Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “qka” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: With apologies to Stephen Sondheim:

Isn’t it rich?
Aren’t they a pair?
One here at last on the ground,
Him in mid-air.
Send in the clowns.

Isn’t it bliss?
Don’t you approve?
One who keeps tearing around,
One who can’t move.
Where are the towels?
Send in the clowns.

Just when they’d stopped
Opening windows,
Finally knowing
The one that they wanted wasn’t yours,
Launching again
With their usual flair,
Thought there’d be lines,
But no one is there.

Don’t you love farce?
Their fault we cheer.
They thought that you’d want what they want-
Sorry, my dears.
But where are the towels?
Quick, send in the clowns.
Don’t bother, they’re here.

What a surprise.
Who could forsee
You’d come to feel about them
What they’d always felt about you?
Why even now can’t they see
That you’ve drifted away?
What a surprise.
What a cliché.

Isn’t it rich?
Isn’t it queer,
Losing their timing this late
In their career?
But where are the towels?
There are certainly clowns,
But we don’t see the Vista
Well, maybe next year.

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  1. More Vista delays = larger market share for Mac.

    Remember my (prescient) prediction of a few days ago:

    17% to 23% market share within one year (not by the end of this year).

    Sounds impossible? — watch it happen!

  2. more weirdness …
    take a look at an article in the new york times this morning …
    Microsoft Says New Windows Is on Schedule

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    Published: May 24, 2006

    Microsoft said yesterday that Vista, the much-delayed new version of its Windows operating system, was ready for its last and broadest round of testing.

    By showing it can stick to its latest development schedule, Microsoft is clearly hoping to win back the allegiance of developers.

    strange times, indeed.

  3. You’re mixing up your sixties TV shows; Festus was Matt Dillon’s crusty sidekick on “Gunsmoke”, Playes by Ken Curtis.

    Uncle Fester is from the Addams family, portrayed by Jackie Coogan.

    Okay, that’s enough of a history lesson, time to get back to slagging on Ballmer!!

  4. Ballmer in August
    ” due to the terrific feedback we received from our beta testing of Vista we’ll be make great upgrades per our customer requests and Vista is sure to ship by Christmas of 2007, and that’s great news for our pipeline”

    Tito bring me a super absorbant towel.

  5. I don’t understand why the Mac market share isn’t already 17-23%. When I first saw OS X back in 2002, it impressed me so much I expected Mac market share would double every year. OS X is in a class above XP and will still be more advanced and mature than Vista, if that ever ships. I really lack the ability to understand why people don’t switch to Macs in mass. Is $1000 for a great computer and some new software so had to part with?

  6. scottschor: Well, one report was from Gates (on schedule) and the other was from Ballmer (delay) — so what does that tell you?

    Sounds like their Operating System (corporate) runs just like their OS — confused, lacking coherence and integrity, and basically just FUBAR!

  7. what is it now, 7 and a half years since xp?

    now thats innovation for you. every update has just been security patches.

    microsoft arn’t a company to fear they’re a company to laugh at.

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