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Microsoft delays Windows Vista until 2007

Discussion in 'General Marketing' started by clau, Mar 24, 2006.

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    Microsoft has delayed the release of its consumer Windows Vista operating system until January 2007. The application will be made available to enterprises in November this year.

    Jim Allchin, co-president of platform products and services at Microsoft, said in a conference call that the company decided to delay the consumer version of Vista because PC manufacturers required more time to test and prepare their systems.

    Windows Vista was hit by quality issues that caused the release to be pushed back "a few weeks". But this prompted manufacturers to ask Microsoft to delay the consumer version until 2007 because they had insufficient time to test and prepare their systems for availability this year.

    "Quality is the top-line message, and we needed just a few more weeks," said Allchin. "We will release to manufacturing and sit on the disk for the consumer launch."

    Windows Vista was originally promised for the second half of 2006, but delays have plagued the operating system throughout its development.

    The software was originally planned as an upgrade to Windows XP and was expected to arrive in 2003. Development was delayed after Microsoft decided to add more features, and by pulling developers off the project to work on the security oriented Service Pack 2 for XP.

    The decision to delay the release of the consumer version of Vista will cause the software to miss the 2006 holiday shopping season. This could have a negative impact on PC sales for this year, analyst firm Gartner warned earlier this month.

    Source: vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2152422/microsoft-delays-windows-vista

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