Jul 28, 2006

Microsoft: Vista on track — for now

The company leaves room for delay if the new OS isn’t ready

Written by Elizabeth Montalbano

July 27, 2006 — REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft Corp. continues to give itself room to further delay the release of Windows Vista.

At its annual financial analyst meeting today, Kevin Johnson, co-president of Microsoft’s Platforms & Services Division, said that while Vista development remains on track for now, the company won’t ship the new operating system until it believes the product is ready.

“There is no data that says we’re not going to make the November business availability,” Johnson said, speaking to analysts and the news media on Microsoft’s campus. However, he said the company continues to evaluate Vista “milestone by milestone” and will ship the product “when it’s ready” rather than according to a hard and fast schedule.

Microsoft has said Vista will be available to business customers through volume licensing in November, with consumers getting the operating system in January 2007. However, in reports after Microsoft’s fourth-quarter earnings call last week, some financial analysts wrote that they are already counting on Vista’s consumer release to slip further into 2007 and have adjusted their earnings projections to reflect this prediction.

That said, Johnson said the next milestone for Vista, Release Candidate 1, should be available before the end of September.

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