Gartner: EU complaints may lead to yet another Microsoft Windows Vista delay

“Facing a potential launch delay in Europe due to complaints by Symantec and Adobe, Microsoft might just want to delay its American launch of Vista, too,” Andy Patrizio reports for

“So says a report from Gartner. On September 8, Microsoft said that it might delay release of Windows Vista in European Union (EU) countries due to concerns over antitrust compliance,” Patrizio reports.

“The EU has already fined Microsoft over one billion dollars and the software giant might want to take extra time to make changes to Vista to avoid any further penalties,” Patrizio reports.

“If that means a few months’ delay in Europe, then it might be better for Microsoft to have a single release product rather than one with one set of features for Europe and one set for America, reasons Michael Silver, senior analyst at Gartner who co-authored the report,” Patrizio reports.

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MacDailyNews Take: Who cares? Nobody’s all that excited by a Windows XP service pack skinned to look like an upside-down and backwards bad copy of Mac OS X anyway.

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  1. I, for one, can’t wait until Vista’s released.

    I’m looking forward to the comparisons with Mac OS and when the world realizes that Vista is just a hack and I really can’t wait until the first virus hits Vista.

    Basically, I’m looking for a good laugh.

  2. Hmmn… interesting.

    …complaints from Symantec….

    I wish I could be privy to high level discussions between MS & Symantec.

    MS: “well, if you don’t like it, take your business somewhere else. Apple, for instance.”
    Symantec: “gulp”.

  3. I’m with you, Tank.

    Especially since there will be a double comparison, once against Tiger and then again versus Leopard. Vista will look warmed over in the former and look painfully antiquated in the latter.

  4. Microsoft is just looking for an excuse to delay til after Leopard comes out. They REALLY want to get those Top Secret features in there. While MS can stall for several more years easily, Apple can’t really play the waiting game with them without harming their reputation.

  5. Heard around Redmond WA:

    Bill: So I guess we are going to have to delay VISTA because of complaints by Adobe and Symantec.

    Steve: WOW that GREAT news. We were going to delay it again anyway so at least we can blame THEM for it this time.

  6. I agree with the above posts. This is potentially bad news.

    The best thing that could possibly happen for Apple is for Vista to be released. The sooner it is, the sooner people will get past the intial fanfare and honeymoon.

    When the euphoria settles, average Joe Bloe will realise he’s been ripped off. And he’ll be pissed off.

  7. Sorry to say Tank, but the world is too stupid to realize that Vista is a hack. They will only see an improvement on XP and that will be enough to shell cash for another Dull.

    But that’s OK, we know better.

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