No Consumer Vista Seen For 2006
While business users will have Microsoft’s new Vista operating system available in November 2006, the company will miss this year’s lucrative holiday shopping season as its consumer version of Vista has slipped to January 2007.
Microsoft announced its long-awaited Vista operating system would miss its projected 2006 availability for the consumer market. The enterprise market will be able to begin receiving Vista through the volume licensing program in which many firms participate.
“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,” Jim Allchin, co-president for the Platforms & Services Division at Microsoft, said in the statement. “But the industry requires greater lead time to deliver Windows Vista on new PCs during holiday. We must optimize for the industry, so we’ve decided to separate business and consumer availability.”
Executives with Hewlett Packard and Best Buy voiced their support for Microsoft’s shifted delivery date. Considering the kind of business Vista could have generated this year for each firm, that support may have been voiced through tightly gritted teeth.
Similar support has not been forthcoming from the online community. Microsoft reform advocate blogger Mini-Microsoft fantasized about the consequences for those responsible for missing the holiday ship date:
However, ZDNet Windows blogger Ed Bott perceived a positive about the delay:
The stock market did not take the news well. Shares of MSFT declined in trading yesterday by fifteen cents to $27.74. In after-hours trading, the price fell another 71 cents to $27.03.
David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.