Vista Delayed Again... Jul 31, 2006 18:48:11 GMT -6
Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Jul 31, 2006 18:48:11 GMT -6
Microsoft not ready to set release date for new operating system
Microsoft has already delayed the Vista shipping date several times, much to the chagrin of financial markets and computer industry associates that wanted the new software available for the Christmas shopping season.
The new Vista target dates were set at November for business customers and January for personal computer users.
"We're going to ship the product when it's ready," Kevin Johnson, co-president of Microsoft's Platforms and Services Division, said during a Thursday conference with analysts at the Redmond, Washington, company.
"We go milestone by milestone. Product quality is job one."
Johnson added that staying true to the release schedule depended on feedback from millions of users testing the software.
"We are incorporating that feedback," Johnson said. "At this point in time, there is no data or information that says we are not going to make the November business availability or the January consumer availability."
The blurring of the release dates came as Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer stressed to analysts that Microsoft favored long-term strategies even if it meant profits suffered in the short term.
"Microsoft's not a company that starts things and gives them up," Ballmer told analysts. The company has yet to turn a profit on its Xbox video gaming console, its first foray into the hardware business.
More here: www.physorg.com/news73356602.html
I refuse to install XP on my system, considering one has to "ask" Microsoft if it's ok to do so. I doubt very much Vista will reside in my tower.