With today’s news that Microsoft’s Vista could indeed slip further into next year, as I had promised would happen, there is only one rational response from Microsoft’s board: Fire Steve Ballmer. He has long been an erratic force inside the company — someone with real strengths, but also horrible deficiencies (among which is being utterly tonedeaf) — and it is finally clear that the latter permanently outweigh the former.
Of course, Ballmer had any decency he would simply resign. The odds of that happening, however, are very low.
[Update] As expected, Ballmer is now hedging the above comments, but it seems clear there is a lot of work to do in Vista Beta 2. I note that Goldman Sachs is saying this morning that their model reflects a two-month delay in general availability to early March.