Microsoft delays Vista launch

Microsoft says while its Windows Vista, the next generation of the Windows client operating system, will be available to the business community in November 2006, broad consumer availability will be made January 2007. Windows Vista is Microsoft’s first major update to the company's flagship operating system since Windows XP was released in late 2001.

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By  Angela Sutherland Published  March 22, 2006

Microsoft says while its Windows Vista, the next generation of the Windows client operating system, will be available to the business community in November 2006, broad consumer availability will be made January 2007. Windows Vista is Microsoft’s first major update to the company's flagship operating system since Windows XP was released in late 2001. “Product quality and a great out-of-box experience have been two of our key drivers for Windows Vista, and we are on track to deliver on both,” says Jim Allchin, co-president for the Platforms & Services Division at Microsoft. “But the industry requires greater lead time to deliver Windows Vista on new PCs during holiday. We must optimise for the industry, so we’ve decided to separate business and consumer availability.” Because of the way businesses test and deploy software, it makes sense for Microsoft volume licensing customers to receive windows Windows Vista starting in November of this year. “We strongly support Microsoft’s decision to prioritise quality in determining the schedule for Windows Vista,” says Todd Bradley, executive vice president of the Personal Systems Group at Hewlett Packard. “A January launch of Windows Vista allows us to execute in a consistent way throughout the holidays, and will provide the right opportunity for a large, exciting launch industry wide after the New Year.”

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