Vista still on track for January release
Despite Bill Gates' statement last
month that Vista was "80% likely" to make it to its announced release
date, Microsoft has now reiterated
its initial plan to ship Vista to businesses in the fourth quarter
and to consumers in January '07. The reiteration comes from Timothy
Chen, Microsoft's CEO for the Greater China region, who told Windows IT
Pro Magazine that the release schedule is currently "unchanged" and that
the consumer version of Vista will come out in "late January."
That said, Microsoft has reportedly made some schedule tweaks
internally. Vista's build 5520 was originally intended to ship as the
Release Candidate 1 version, but problems with the build forced
Microsoft to pass the torch to build 5536. Paul
Thurrott believes neither build 5520 nor build 5536 are proper
candidates for the final Vista release, though, since Microsoft does not
plan to finalize the operating system until October.