Bill Gates just gave a speech in South Africa. According to the AP report:
Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said Tuesday there was an 80 percent chance the company’s next-generation operating system, Vista, would be ready in January.
“We got to get this absolutely right,” Gates said. “If the feedback from the beta tests shows it is not ready for prime time, I’d be glad to delay it.”
Gates said he hoped the next version of Office would be ready in December.
Hope, as they say, is not a development plan.
Without seeing the exact transcript of BillG’s words, I can’t really say what he meant. But the formulation “would be ready” implies “released to manufacturing (RTM).” If so, then the January date for Windows Vista represents a delay of about two months based on the last announcement from Microsoft. That sounds about right to me.
The one thing I think you can say with confidence based on this report is that you won’t be able to buy Office 2007 or Windows Vista this year.
(via Microsoft News Tracker)