A Gartner analyst picks up on something I’ve seen saying for some time:
Isnâ€™t [Windows Vista] already done?
Well, in a word, no. In past postings, we talked about the importance
of Microsoft Update (MU) to Vistaâ€™s launch. The reality is that
Microsoft could not have shipped Vista in November if real people were
going to be using it en masse for real things right away. With
consumers not getting Windows Vista until 30 January 2007, and most
businesses just “kicking its tires’ (if that) over the holidays,
Microsoft and the Windows ecosystem have an 11-week extension between
RTM and actual use. That Microsoft and the ecosystem are ready for the
30 January consumer availability is much more important than that they
made their 2006 RTM goal.
What kinds of things aren’t ready? Mostly drivers. Microsoft is
including more than 19,000 “in the box”, but expects to have another
12,000 available via Microsoft Update. Some of the drivers available so
far are still considered beta, are somewhat unstable or do not support
the full feature set of the devices. And Microsoft’s own Application
Compatibility Toolkit (unimportant for consumers, but very important
for enterprises) and Windows Mobile Device Center (important for
enterprises and consumers) are also still in beta.