Vista general release delayed to 2007

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Mike Williams, Mar 21, 2006.

  1. Here's Microsoft's own PressPass link:

    REDMOND, Wash. — March 21, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today confirmed that
    Windows Vista™, the next generation of the Windows® client operating
    system, is on target to go into broad consumer beta to approximately 2
    million users in the second quarter of 2006. Microsoft is on track to
    complete the product this year, with business availability in November
    2006 and broad consumer availability in January 2007.
    Mike Williams, Mar 21, 2006
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  2. At least that will give the likes of Creative and Hauppauge to produce
    hardware drivers, they are hardly breaking their necks to show their
    commitment at present!
    The Scientist, Mar 22, 2006
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  3. Yeh, they are talking about Vista being released in 2H of 2006, but other
    versions and language packs, as well as Windows Starter 2007 being available
    fully by 2007. That's fair enough, if you look at Windows Server 2003 R2 or
    Windows XP, this same thing happened. Released, and some functionality for
    languages etc. released a few months afterwarsds :eek:) Nothing we didn't
    already know, but that's anyway :eek:)

    Zack Whittaker
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    of my employer, best friend, Ghandi, my mother or my cat. Glad we cleared
    that up!

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    Zack Whittaker \(R2 Mentor\), Mar 22, 2006
  4. Mike Williams

    Dave Methvin Guest

    Yeh, they are talking about Vista being released in 2H of 2006, but other
    When Microsoft says it's going to hit a quarter or half it usually means
    their only chance will be to hit the very last day of that window. Microsoft
    would probably be saying December, except that they know if you don't get
    product out by Thanksgiving there's a good chance nobody will be in the
    customer's office to put in the PO and/or get approvals.
    Hmm, let's review official availability dates of Windows consumer OS:

    08/1995 Windows 95
    06/1998 Windows 98
    09/2000 Windows Me
    10/2001 Windows XP
    08/2004 Windows XP SP2

    In every case, the OS was available in plenty of time for that year's
    critical fourth quarter, which is by far the biggest and most important
    sales quarter for every OEM, VAR, and retailer. This is the first time
    they've missed it in more than a decade.

    Vista availablility for volume licenses in November will have almost no
    impact on 2006 sales. No sane business is going to buy large volume licenses
    for Vista in 2006 unless they're offered incredibly deep discounts, but they
    still won't deploy until mid-2007 at the earliest. Note that the business
    products (Windows 2000, Server 2003, and R2) became available early in their
    respective years, because businesses need that time to evaluate and decide
    whether to install/upgrade. So this was just to save face and say they
    shipped something in 2006, even if almost nobody *bought* it in 2006.

    OEMs generally make the OS decision for consumers, who have the OS installed
    and shipped to them on new hardware. Most likely, the OEMs were very
    concerned about an immediate ship of such a different OS causing significant
    support hassles during a time when they'll already be busy. That is not the
    right time to also be training engineering and support on a new OS. Even if
    the OEMs shipped a "free upgrade to Vista" coupon with every system, a lot
    of users won't want to upgrade once they have their systems set up.

    Here are two possible outcomes. One is that consumers hold off their Q4
    purchasing until next year in order to get Vista installed and debugged on
    their new hardware. That will be bad for all PC makers--except Apple.
    Another is that consumers will go ahead and buy new systems with XP. I think
    this is more likely and it will be bad for Vista. Oh well, there's always Q4
    Dave Methvin, Mar 22, 2006
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