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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Microsoft Vista – Delayed Again

The next chapter in the remaking of longhorn is already published. Now comes the announcement that the consumer launch of Windows Vista operating system was supposed to happen in the second half of 2006, but Microsoft will now ship this in January 2007.
Bob Cringley and several others predicted early this year that Vista launch may not happen in 2006 at all. No doubt the PC makers waiting to cash in an upgrade upturn may be concerned in a big way as they are not only seeing this getting delayed – it could also potentially affect their Christmas season sale plans. Apple must be pleased.

Microsoft’s last reorganization was aimed at driving greater agility in the execution of its software and services strategy. It claimed that its re-organisation is aimed at strengthening its planned release for the next eighteen months in core areas. From sep 2005 –work forward – eighteen months close by DFeb2007 and this new launch date is Jan 2007. As a matter of fact, Microsoft chopped off most of the real features from Vista to get it out "on time". Some critics argue that this could be akin to a cosmetic upgrade and even here Microsoft has delayed the launch further. While Microsoft’s legendary shipping problem is well known, and some have had questioned its future, there had always been the recognition about its unmatchable capability in churning out large doses of software. It may be another matter that today, the leaders of the indian headquartered offshore firms may lay claim that they write more code than others. Hopefully they would stick to this date for the promised launch – delayed by several years till now.

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