Windows Vista delayed

As you might have read by now, Windows Vista has been delayed.

I found this out while I was at Mix06 and in Las Vegas hanging out with the community. I have not had time to get educated on this issue and so I’ll reserve most comment on it.

Various people are asking in my comments and in threads over on Channel 9 “where’s Scoble?” Translation: “why isn’t he commenting on this story?”

The answer: cause I don’t know enough about it and my readers have criticized me strongly in the past for shooting off my mouth before I know the full story.

That said, Memeorandum (linked above) has lots of links to the various people commenting on the story and I’m now participating in the Channel 9 thread. I’m sorry that I haven’t been in the office enough to learn what was behind this decision.

That all said. I’ve learned that dates in the software industry are likely to slip and I’m glad that our management is still paying more attention to product quality and customer and partner feedback than trying to meet some date. Yes, it’s painful. Yes, it’s embarrassing. But we have been through product slips before (before I was a Microsoft employee I was a beta tester on Windows 2000 which slipped years after the first test CDs arrived) and I’d rather have a slipped date than a cruddy product.

223 thoughts on “Windows Vista delayed

  1. Windows is delayed so AMD won’t take more market share from Intel with AMD’s 64 bit chips. Simple as that, conspiracy and collusion.

  2. Windows is delayed so AMD won’t take more market share from Intel with AMD’s 64 bit chips. Simple as that, conspiracy and collusion.

  3. Microsoft didn’t deliver on functionality AND didn’t deliver on time. The project will be 4 years late circa 2007. People won’t focus on how many promised features where cut because of the 4 year f*ck up. I can lead this product division better than any past, present, or future executives at Microsoft.

  4. Microsoft didn’t deliver on functionality AND didn’t deliver on time. The project will be 4 years late circa 2007. People won’t focus on how many promised features where cut because of the 4 year f*ck up. I can lead this product division better than any past, present, or future executives at Microsoft.

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  6. I think that at leased from a custumer’s point of view the problem are the fact that Microsoft has an monopoly in the the operatingsystem business with its 95 %
    Ewery company that has this market share will eventualy loose its custumer base when and if its starting to produce crappy over bloated software that no one realy wants and don’t have the choise not to pay for when they buy a new pc Ewen the employees at the company (MS) think its crap.
    In an market economy the usual thing for a company that ewedentialy produce crap would be to go out of business but because the US goverment seems to bee wery found of monopolies a’la Sovjet union this would newer happen.
    What I mean is that since Microsoft dosn’t have to compete it can do what ever they want and people whould still end up with its product becuse of the OEM deals with major pc vendors. Most people dosn’t have a choise since they can’t choose another OS at the computer store if they wanted to. And that is the main reason why so many people hate Microsoft.
    With other words, there’s no freedom when buing a computer. Of course you can download some Linux iso files but since its not on the computer when you buy it and you have to pay for windows anyway most people would newer ewer try linux and that is a shame because its realy good, beleaweme,i ve been using it for six years now.

    What needs to be done about microsoft?
    1. split microsoft in smaller parts
    2. make them follow the international laws of competition
    I can think of at least two or three laws they arebreaking ight now here in sweden an in the EU
    3.scrap the OEM deals with HP,IBM etc.

    Maybe then, they starts to produce something thats inwenting and secure for a change instead of copying others and patenting it as there own.
    btw I use Xandros 3.0 and its great
    http://www.xandros.com

  7. I think that at leased from a custumer’s point of view the problem are the fact that Microsoft has an monopoly in the the operatingsystem business with its 95 %
    Ewery company that has this market share will eventualy loose its custumer base when and if its starting to produce crappy over bloated software that no one realy wants and don’t have the choise not to pay for when they buy a new pc Ewen the employees at the company (MS) think its crap.
    In an market economy the usual thing for a company that ewedentialy produce crap would be to go out of business but because the US goverment seems to bee wery found of monopolies a’la Sovjet union this would newer happen.
    What I mean is that since Microsoft dosn’t have to compete it can do what ever they want and people whould still end up with its product becuse of the OEM deals with major pc vendors. Most people dosn’t have a choise since they can’t choose another OS at the computer store if they wanted to. And that is the main reason why so many people hate Microsoft.
    With other words, there’s no freedom when buing a computer. Of course you can download some Linux iso files but since its not on the computer when you buy it and you have to pay for windows anyway most people would newer ewer try linux and that is a shame because its realy good, beleaweme,i ve been using it for six years now.

    What needs to be done about microsoft?
    1. split microsoft in smaller parts
    2. make them follow the international laws of competition
    I can think of at least two or three laws they arebreaking ight now here in sweden an in the EU
    3.scrap the OEM deals with HP,IBM etc.

    Maybe then, they starts to produce something thats inwenting and secure for a change instead of copying others and patenting it as there own.
    btw I use Xandros 3.0 and its great
    http://www.xandros.com

  8. “I’d rather have a slipped date than a cruddy product.”

    Congratulations. Now we have both. :)

    Seriously guys, just get out of the OS market altogether and stick to selling keyboards and mice. Those are the only halfway decent products Microsoft has had in years. You were relevant once, but everyone and their dog has shipped their “next gen” OSes literally *years* ahead of you.

  9. “I’d rather have a slipped date than a cruddy product.”

    Congratulations. Now we have both. :)

    Seriously guys, just get out of the OS market altogether and stick to selling keyboards and mice. Those are the only halfway decent products Microsoft has had in years. You were relevant once, but everyone and their dog has shipped their “next gen” OSes literally *years* ahead of you.

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