Kevin Johnson, co-president of Microsoft’s Platforms and Services Divison, gave the Financial Analyst Meeting its first indication of Vista’s status. It’s more or less the same song the company has been singing since it announced the operating system’s delay in March.
“At this point in time, we have no data or information that says we’re not going to make the November business availability or the January consumer availability, however, we’re going to ship the product when it’s ready,” Johnson said.
Pricing for the product will be announced closer to the product’s availability, he said. And pricing will be comparable to the status quo, with the exception of the Windows Vista Ultiimate version — including all bells, whistles — for which users will pay a premium.
Johnson passed along Jim Allchin’s regards to the audience, noting that his fellow Platform and Services Division co-president couldn’t be here at the moment because he’s “driving hard” on Vista.