Vista delayed until January 2007
It was too good to be true. Windows Vista has been delayed yet again, this time until January 2007. This is two months off the previous November date let slip by a Microsoft developer last week. When asked for reasons surrounding the delay, Jim Allchin, co-president of Microsoft's Platforms & Services Division, cited security concerns.
"We're trying to crank up the security level higher than ever," he said. "This came down to a few weeks. We are trying to do the responsible thing here... Maybe in the past we would have just gone ahead but now we're not going to do that."
Allchin also said that business users will be able to get an early final release of Vista through volume licensing programs, but that consumers would still have to wait until January 2007. Vista was originally due out in late 2003 as an interim update between Windows XP and Blackcomb, now known as Windows Vienna, which was to follow some years later. Vienna is now expected in 2011, although it could slip back even further.