According to ComputerWorld, Microsoft is already tipping its hat to testers that Windows delays will be more than the “a few weeks” cited by Jim Allchin in this week’s week’s conference call:
Beta testers familiar with Microsoft’s plans to release test versions of the
OS said today that although Microsoft has said Vista development has been
delayed a few weeks, the date on which the OS will be released to manufacturers
has been pushed back a full two months.
Instead of reaching manufacturers on Aug. 25, as originally scheduled, Vista
will now be released to them on Oct. 25, sources said. The next community
technology preview (CTP) release of Vista, which is the completion of the Beta 2
cycle, also has been moved to May 24 from its original release date of April 12.
Similarly, the first release candidate of Vista, originally set for mid-July, is
now slated for Aug. 25.