Vista has been dogged by delays. If the update ships as now scheduled, it'll arrive about five years after the last version of Windows was sent out--a long time for fans and corporate customers to wait.In March, Microsoft had to announce that it was postponing the broad delivery of Vista to January 2007. It was another black eye for the company, which had even cut back on a number of key features to try to make a 2006 release.
Now Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has shed some doubt on the new delivery date, reportedly telling Microsoft software partners in South Africa this week that there was a 20 percent chance of another Vista delay, depending on feedback from beta testers.
To find out what people on the street make of it, we asked our Vista Views panel, made up of ordinary readers, these questions: Is this the last straw? Does this change your planning--if you've done any--for Vista?
So ultimately, the delay in Vista will probably prove more beneficial than harmful. Now if Microsoft delays Vista beyond 2007, that's when everyone should be worried (except for Apple, of course).
Wallace Wang is a freelance computer journalist and author whose books include "Microsoft Office for Dummies" and "Steal This Computer Book."
Microsoft has created a HUGE ecosystem around Windows, and because of that, most businesses need to know when new versions will ship, for various reasons. Yes, there may be economic repercussions for delivering the product late. But compare those consequences to what would happen if Microsoft didn't get security or stability right this time around. We don't need to look very far...how many billions of dollars did businesses (and governments) lose in productivity, downtime, and other expenses due to Windows malware in the last three years?
Yes, everyone wants Microsoft to ship Vista already. But the world cannot afford for Microsoft to get this wrong. It?s already at least 18 months behind schedule. They've taken this long to get it right. If they feel they need another month, they should be able to have it without everyone saying the sky is falling!
Anyways, everyone is focusing on the negative side of his comments. There is a 4-in-5 chance that it will ship on time. Better odds than we had a year ago, that's for sure.
Robert McLaws is an IT consultant, community leader and Vista enthusiast. He has been running Vista enthusiast site Longhornblogs.com since 2002.
It seems like everybody is angry and upset over the delay, but the Internet is just a big echo chamber. There are about 660 million people using PCs today; it's highly doubtful that they are all complaining.
Shruti Shah, from Long Island, N.Y., is a senior in college.
Does this change your planning--if you've done any--for Vista? No. Corporations won't roll Vista out for at least a year after the release date anyway so this doesn't matter to us at all.
Jason Cornell has more than seven years of consulting experience, primarily in Microsoft software. He has worked on design and integration of Windows-based set-ups for health care, higher education and media customers.
I think it is ridiculous that it has been delayed this long--other operating systems are released far more frequently. Microsoft has dropped the ball by letting Vista fall so far behind. I think at this point they are playing catch up.
I was very interested in buying Vista to put on my laptop I bought a year ago. Now, it's been delayed so much, I might just put off buying Vista and wait until I get a new computer in a few years.
I'm still interested in seeing what this new operating system will
introduce. New technology is always exciting, but it's disappointing
when it's well overdue.
Brian Lambert is a law student at Southern Illinois University.
If they did delay it again, I would not be happy, but it wouldn't push me to go buy a Mac!
Brian Clarke, a student at Shippensburg University, says he has reinstalled Windows more time than he cares to remember.
They should just say "It's done when it's done, all 'expected' dates are wiped from the books, we will release a date once we have the final version set to be released." And not sooner.
Kevin Faaborg works in basic hardware and software guidance for a large financial corporation, but he has experience in more computer sales-based jobs.
If Vista ships same time as Core Duo 2, then users have a ultimatum between superfast hardware or a shiny OS. Many will choose the first option.
Callum Jones is a student in Perth, Australia, who is interested in the field of Windows/Linux SMB Network.
The Vista Views panel is being brought together by CNET News.com to discover what people on the street think about Microsoft's new operating system.
We're looking for a range of perspectives--from beta testers to business buyers to home PC owners.
Interested in joining the panel pool? Here's how it works:
Whenever key Vista news breaks, we'll e-mail a question to contributors. Sometimes, we'll ask a yes/no question and use the answers for a simple poll. Other times, we'll look for more in-depth feedback on Vista events. It doesn't matter whether you send us two pages or two sentences--we value your comments. And if you don't have an opinion on a particular story, or you don't have time to respond, that's fine too.
The feedback will often reach our readers. Our writers may quote panel remarks in stories. Or we may pull together comments--your two cents--in an article of their own. Occasionally, we'll ask contributors to take part in a weekly podcast to discuss their views with News.com editors and industry experts.
We want to know what our readers think, as Microsoft gets ready for one of its most important launches in years. If you haven't signed up yet, send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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