Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Microsoft Confirms Vista Is on Schedule

Now I'm confused after all the delays that we have witnessed in the arrival of the next Windows OS (Code name: Vista) I am still a little iffy if Windows Vista will be launched on Time.

However Microsoft has come out yesterday and announced that Vista, the new version of its Windows operating system, has completed its final round of testing.

Bill Gates (Microsoft Chairman) announced the release of the final test version of the program along with the the version of its office business software suite and Longhorn server software, at the company's annual conference for hardware developers in Seattle. In a speech that was broadcast on the Internet, he called the release "a significant milestone."

Microsoft holds 90 percent of the PC operating system market, and more than 300 PC manufacturers install Windows on their machines at the factory. The software accounts for nearly a third of Microsoft's revenue. The company had originally said it would release Vista in 2005, then delayed it until mid-2006.

But Michael Silver, an analyst with Gartner Inc, a technology market research company, said that the shipping schedule was overly ambitious and that Vista was not likely to reach consumers before next March. "We think they are underestimating how long it's going to take to respond to the problems that two million people find," he said, referring to those who are likely to test Vista.

The announcement comes less than a week after Symantec, a longtime Microsoft partner, filed suit against the company, claiming that it violated the terms of a licensing agreement with Veritas, which Symantec acquired last year. The suit, which was filed in federal court in Seattle, charges that Microsoft improperly used Veritas technology in Vista and other software. It seeks an injunction to stop Microsoft from selling Vista until the technology is removed.

Mr. Allchin said he was confident the suit would not affect the release of Vista, and called the dispute with Symantec "a sad state of affairs."

[via: The New York Times]

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