Vista, on track or not?

Gartner is saying that Windows Vista may be delayed again. Microsoft reacted, ComputerWorld says in an article that gives both sides of the story (Microsoft says that Gartner is wrong).

More on Memeorandum.

A bunch of people have been emailing me asking for my opinions. I'm staying out of this one cause I've learned over and over that I can't accurately predict shipping dates in the software industry. I will say that I'm enjoying the latest builds of Windows Vista and things are looking good, so I have no reason to doubt Microsoft's spokespeople on this one.

Again, I'd rather pressure the Windows team to get it right, and don't ship unless it's ready. Dana Epp, security expert, says the same thing.

They are talking about it over on Channel 9 too.

Update: Ed Bott says that Gartner isn't very accurate with its own predictions on software dates.

70 thoughts on “Vista, on track or not?

  1. “The only difference is MS is quite transparent to community through blogs, channel 9, msdn events and communities.”

    Translation: MS’ marketing team works harder than their developer / management team?

    P.S.: See the “website” field in the comments form? That’s where any links to your blog-spam go. Not in the message itself.

  2. “The only difference is MS is quite transparent to community through blogs, channel 9, msdn events and communities.”

    Translation: MS’ marketing team works harder than their developer / management team?

    P.S.: See the “website” field in the comments form? That’s where any links to your blog-spam go. Not in the message itself.

  3. True that Apple also misses the shipping dates.

    The only difference is MS is quite transparent to community through blogs, channel 9, msdn events and communities. So every tom dick and harry hears bout beta releases, shipping dates, scrapped features etc. etc.

    Apple talks ’bout a product once it is released. So no one gets to know what actually went behind it.

    In no way, we wud want MS to turn that way… I enjoyed the whidbey days and learning winFX while still in beta.

    Abby
    http://www.baxiabhishek.info

  4. True that Apple also misses the shipping dates.

    The only difference is MS is quite transparent to community through blogs, channel 9, msdn events and communities. So every tom dick and harry hears bout beta releases, shipping dates, scrapped features etc. etc.

    Apple talks ’bout a product once it is released. So no one gets to know what actually went behind it.

    In no way, we wud want MS to turn that way… I enjoyed the whidbey days and learning winFX while still in beta.

    Abby
    http://www.baxiabhishek.info

  5. “Would you rather have a Microsoft Vista that works and is late or one that arrives tomorrow and has glitches in it?”

    Or how about c) none of the above?

  6. “Would you rather have a Microsoft Vista that works and is late or one that arrives tomorrow and has glitches in it?”

    Or how about c) none of the above?

  7. “Allow me to buy (or download) beta copies earlier. That way I don’t have to wait for the final version.”

    Don’t worry. The final version will be beta quality.

  8. “Allow me to buy (or download) beta copies earlier. That way I don’t have to wait for the final version.”

    Don’t worry. The final version will be beta quality.

  9. The local time in India is called “Indian Standard Time”, but for some weird reason xp thinks that it is “India Standard Time”. Can you do something?

    Jay, from Bangalore

  10. The local time in India is called “Indian Standard Time”, but for some weird reason xp thinks that it is “India Standard Time”. Can you do something?

    Jay, from Bangalore

  11. Question. When Vista slips into a mid 2007 / 2008 timeframe, do all the suckers who signed up for “Software Assurance” get their money back?

  12. Question. When Vista slips into a mid 2007 / 2008 timeframe, do all the suckers who signed up for “Software Assurance” get their money back?

  13. Vinnie: “sounds like a great question for a prediction market”

    According to the April issue of Business 2.0, Microsoft has been using prediction markets.
    Link to article:
    http://snipurl.com/pzwj
    Daniel Ling, chief of Microsoft Research, said that it’s something the company “continues to explore.”

    Scoble could create his own prediction market by collecting best guesses from his readership. How about it Robert?

  14. Vinnie: “sounds like a great question for a prediction market”

    According to the April issue of Business 2.0, Microsoft has been using prediction markets.
    Link to article:
    http://snipurl.com/pzwj
    Daniel Ling, chief of Microsoft Research, said that it’s something the company “continues to explore.”

    Scoble could create his own prediction market by collecting best guesses from his readership. How about it Robert?

  15. So no shipping date yet. but he is using a beta copy.

    Wish I was using a beta copy too. I am using IE 7 and discovered a problem with Google Desktop, so maybe that could put me in the beta testing for vista. And maybe not.

    But I will wait, and wait, and wait until next year when Vista becomes available. Nothing like a new OS to play with and see programs breaks, and then you got to figure how to make them work again.

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