Ballmer pledges shorter Windows release cycles
After the delays that have plagued Windows Vista and Bill Gates'
statement two weeks ago that the operating system was 20% likely
to be postponed beyond its
January 2007 launch time frame, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has pledged
to shorten future Windows release cycles
. Ballmer stated, "We will
never have a five-year gap between releases of flagship products." He
added that major, time-consuming projects—like the WinFS
storage subsystem, perhaps—will still go forward, but that they
will no longer be promised to customers or "hold up big releases."
Despite these promises, Ballmer stayed mute on the schedule for Vienna,
Windows Vista's successor.