Word on the street is that Vista will be on target for January - although no date has been set.
Microsoft UK Statement: "Microsoft are targeting Windows Vista availability for volume license customers in November 2006 and general availability in January 2007, although the exact delivery date will be subject to achieving quality metrics based on customer feedback."
The imminent release of RC1 will be a good acid test to whether the industry will believe us.
I don't think I speak just for myself when I say I've got high hopes for Vista. I look forward to RC1, and I am going to test it as such: if anything about it makes me doubt that I'd use it as my main OS, I'll do my part in filing bugs and asking for a delay. A delay would be much better than a product in a box that has significant bugs.
And for goodness sakes, if you know the right people or anybody that knows the right people, fix the damn Add Fonts dialog. The other UI inconsistencies I can tolerate, but it's time for that thing to get an overhaul.
I hear you Eric. I'll drop the product team an email and find out there plans for the add fonts dialog.
Anyone else got any gripes/issues? you can make a difference!! Leave a comment or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“. . .a good acid test to whether the industry will believe us” ?? Pah-lease! I’m a Microsoft consultant and always defend your company with my clients. However, you seem to ignore the (recent) history of Windows Vista. There WERE key features announced then removed, and there WERE delays announced as well.
So “why” you seem to be offended by “the industry” not “believing” you seems a wee bit disingenuous.
Blake, like you I'm disappointed by dropped features in Vista and I'm not ignoring them. Will the market be patient while we iron out bugs with the current feature set - i think so. Would they be patient with longer delays because we include features that are not ready yet - I'm not sure.
I'm not offended by the industry not believing us, in fact I understand them given the recent history you mention. RC1 will give people visibility as to whether the product is ready and show them that it will be on time according to the latest schedule.