My OpEd in this week’s Wall Street Journal arguing that Vista is flopping turns out to have been awfully timely. During an analyst briefing in Redmond today Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer guided analysts lower on the outlook for sales of the newly released Vista upgrade to Windows.
Here is the key Ballmer quote:
I’ve looked at some of the models and reports, et cetera, about our business and what people think it looks like, and I’m really excited on how enthusiastic everybody is about Vista. I, too, am very enthusiastic about Vista. But I think sometimes the enthusiasm about this great product and the excitement and the launch, people have to understand our revenue models because I think some of the revenue forecasts I’ve seen out there for Windows Vista in fiscal year ’08 are overly aggressive [emphasis mine] …
There’s more, so read the entire transcript. If you don’t find it sobering, you weren’t paying attention.