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May 24, 2006 at 9:30 AM

Ballmer: Vista release date flexible

A day after Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates announced the beta 2 version of Windows Vista — interpreted by many to be a signal that the company is on schedule — CEO Steve Ballmer acknowledged some wiggle room in the January 2006 release date.

“We think we are on track for shipping early in the year. We’ve talked about the month, but we get a chance to critically assess all of the feedback we’ll get from this beta release then confirm or move [the launch date] a few weeks,” Ballmer said at a news conference in Tokyo, according to this IDG News Service story.

Much will depend on what the company’s hardware partners want.

“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,” Ballmer said.

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