As if Microsoft weren’t lowering expectations enough, Chief Executive Steve Ballmer told reporters in Tokyo that Vista may ship in late January or even February depending on feedback from computer companies, according to a Computerworld report.
“The other thing, frankly, which we are discussing with NEC and other hardware partners, is when would they really like it — early January, late January, February — so it depends on when the next rollover, the next turn of the machine cycle will be, and that would be the best time to ship it based on beta feedback,” he said.
So much for a big launch at the Consumer Electronics Show on Jan. 8.
There are other signals that the broad January release may be up in the air. Beta discs weren’t done in time for the opening day of WinHEC yesterday, where none of the executives promised any specific delivery dates. Will Poole said the company is still aiming for January but that depends on beta-testing feedback.