“Microsoft’s real, real busy these days, so if you’re waiting for something to happen on the Vista front, you’re not alone. ‘We are not a company that starts things and gives them up,’ [Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said.] ‘We keep working on things and working and working and working,'” Scott M. Fulton, III reports for TG Daily.
“And working. What investors noted today was another ominous resurrection: specifically, of the term ‘on track,’ which Microsoft hauls out of its marketing closet whenever it needs to explain a delay, as in ‘Vista is on track to deliver in the first half of 2007.’ [Yesterday], Microsoft co-president Kevin Johnson would not even entirely confirm that second half date,” Fulton reports. “Sources quote Johnson as saying, while Vista remains ‘on track’ for 2H 2007, it will only ship ‘when the product is ready.’ Later during the meeting, Reuters quoted Johnson as slipping that commitment even further, stating, ‘We will ship Windows Vista when it is available.'”
“‘We are going to ship the product when it is ready and we are just going to take it milestone by milestone,’ came the most recent Johnson quote from Reuters,” Fulton reports. “He also apparently repeated to analysts, responding to multiple questions apparently driving him to set a firm timetable, the old Ford Motor Company phrase ‘Quality is Job One,’ and may have even stated Vista is effectively ‘on track’ to ship ‘when it’s ready.'”
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