No Windows Vista Until 2007 !
Microsoft announced yesterday that it’s postponing the rollout of its upcoming Windows Vista operating system yet again. This time, we won’t see it until 2007.
Vista Delay Hurts PC Makers
Shares of Microsoft fell Wednesday after the software maker delayed the consumer release of its new operating system until January 2007, after the holiday shopping season.
Shares of Microsoft dropped 76 cents, or almost 3 percent, to $26.98 in early trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market.
The Redmond, Washington-based company made the announcement about its new system, dubbed Vista, after financial markets closed on Tuesday. Analysts said the delay would hurt computer makers and retailers most of all, since they were likely looking forward to a new operating system to boost holiday sales.
«It’s a much bigger deal for the computer makers than it is for anybody else,» said David Smith, a vice president with Gartner Inc.
Windows Vista is Microsoft’s first major update to the company’s flagship operating system since Windows XP was released in late 2001, meaning partners will be left with a fifth major holiday season without a new version of the operating system to promote sales.