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Windows Vista Unlikely to Ship Before 2Q07 : Gartner

Those expecting to buy a new PC with Windows Vista in January 2007 may have to wait much longer.

Though Microsoft has promised that Vista would be available in early 2007, Gartner analysts including Michael A. Silver also believe that Windows Vista is unlikely to Ship Before 2Q07. Microsoft disagrees with the Gartner report saying it was still on track to meet its launch dates.

Here's an excerpt from the recently published Gartner document on Windows Vista:
Microsoft's track record is clear; it consistently misses target dates for major operating system releases. We don't expect broad availability of Windows Vista until at least 2Q07, which is nine to 12 months after Beta 2.
Time to monitor your Dell stock closely. The Microsoft stock sank nearly 1 percent in afternoon trading on Nasdaq.

This Gartner research 6-page report is co-authored by Michael A. Silver, David Mitchell Smith, Stephen Kleynhans, Neil MacDonald. The report can be purchased here.

The report suggests that Windows Vista operating system is too complex to be able to meet Microsoft's targeted November release for volume licence customers and January launch for retail consumers.

Gartner said Windows XP took five months to go from a second test release to the start of production, but the magnitude of technological improvement in Vista is closer to Windows 2000, which took 16 months between the second test and production.

Adobe is also expected to ship Adobe Creative Suite 3 during the second quarter of 2007.

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