Microsoft is delaying the release of the consumer version of its next major Windows release, called Vista, into 2007. Granted, the company was already saying second half of 2006, so you could theoretically argue that it’s a difference of a day, but that’s being unduly kind. This is a move from the company’s fiscal second quarter of 2007 to the third, after all.
There are plenty who will say I told you so. Further slippage has, after all, felt more or less inevitable since Microsoft slipped the release of Windows Vista Beta 2 from last December into the early part of this year.
Either way, here’s my question: Why now? What happened between last week (when Steve Ballmer was still saying Vista was second half) and this week when it magically isn’t?
[Update] There is some on-target and direct stuff on the subject from the MSFT insiders over at Mini-Microsoft.