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Old 22nd March, 2006, 02:16 PM
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Exclamation Windows Vista Delayed !

After seeing Danrok's post on the FP I thought I search a little on the matter and make this thread to see what everyone thinks about this delay!

"By Daisuke Wakabayashi

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Tuesday it plans to delay the consumer launch of its much-anticipated Windows Vista until after this year's holiday shopping season, sending its shares down nearly 3 percent.

The world's largest software maker pushed back the consumer version of Vista until January 2007 from an earlier target for the second half of 2006 and pledged to ship the next version of its operating system to business customers in November.

Vista is the first major overhaul of Windows since Microsoft rolled out Windows XP nearly five years ago.

Microsoft had originally been expected to release Windows Longhorn, now Vista, in 2005. The company scaled back its ambitions and pushed it out to 2006 before this latest delay.

The eight- to 10-week delay, according to estimates by research firm Gartner Inc., may reverberate throughout the technology industry from PC manufacturers to chip makers and down the supply chain, analysts and investors said.

"It is a critical eight- to 10-weeks for retailing and for the producers. The retailers and PC hardware manufacturers work on razor-thin margins, so the impact there could be pretty severe," said David Smith, analyst at Gartner.

Investors, concerned about the impact of a Vista delay on PC sales, pushed down shares of chip maker Intel Corp. (INTC.O: Quote, Profile, Research) and large PC manufacturers Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and Dell Inc. (DELL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) in after-hours trade.

Windows Vista is the headliner for a series of upcoming and recently released new products at the software giant, including its Xbox 360 next-generation game console and an upgrade to its popular Office business software.

The successful roll-out of those new products are vital to Microsoft reestablishing itself as a company with the robust growth potential to provide a kick-start for a largely stagnant stock over the last five years.

Windows, which is found in about 90 percent of all computer desktops, is Microsoft's biggest cash cow."

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Old 22nd March, 2006, 03:20 PM
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Old 22nd March, 2006, 05:10 PM
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Those who make/sell PC's to the general public are going to be dissapointed. This will affect their Q4 sales figures quite badly - no new OS to help push sales.
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Old 22nd March, 2006, 07:23 PM
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It would not have helped too muc hanyway. It's the hardware support as well as software that is holding Vista back at this point. In the fall, we should see the debut of alot of hardware for Vista, and once the hardware is out, the OS will follow shortly. All of M$'s court cases are about done now, and we do have to realize that this is also a major factor in the delays.

R620 and G80 aren't even taped out yet...but will be soon.
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Old 22nd March, 2006, 09:49 PM
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Funny I though it was done and awaitng new hard ware and legal, I see that was wrong. I'm going to wait for an offical annocement first.
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Old 22nd March, 2006, 11:29 PM
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The hardware is there, ready, but not in retail numbers yet. The cost of ram currently for Vista-planned videocards is quite high still, and a slight deterent, as are yeilds on that ram.

Still, the hardware can be there in the space of 3 months, on the shelves. The software, however...

the transition should take 2 years before Vista is adopted as the norm, and companies have to be prepared for this. Most are, that i have seen, besides software.

I base my hardware claims by what's on the shelves now, and what's needed....in order to clear out old stock, hardware vendors need some time. In this way, they are not ready.
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I hope it comes soon 64-bit will be nice.
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I hope it comes soon 64-bit will be nice.
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I hope it comes soon 64-bit will be nice.
The current beta versions have a 64 bit, but to get it (free) you have to have an existing 64 bit op system. I have the 32 bit Vista beta version (free on the MS download site) - it is really the just the core to replace the WXP2 core. My sense after using it is that they are still developing it to the point where it will get some traction in the retail market. I like it, but would not jump to buying it over WXP2 so far even though it seems faster.

I use a super tweaked W2000 Pro which remains the mainstay for me. Other than a small improvement in speed Vista is still bloated, and is all about features rather than Mach lll. My guess is that the usual way of of MS development which is a collection of independant activities working away, is not integrating fully yet so it is being delayed.
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No, Bart, you mis-understand...Vista may be bloated..on current/old hardware. But for the high-end users, Vista is not bloated @ all. Runs jsut fine on any of my machines, but they all have 2gb of ram....


So, Vista, to me, anyway, is multi-cpu, high rambuffer, high-bandwidth, multi-gpu OS. Hardware has progressed far in the last few years, so calling ANYTHING bloated, on new hardware, is not accurate. We are talking about an OS that actually uses the hardware rather than letting it sit idle, dying a slow death.
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I "have" it, woers like hell almost nothing runs right and you need differant drivers.
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run xp on a average machine from 1999-2000. and run it on a machone from 2002. it takes time to actually see the full potemtial of a New OS. although 85% of us will be running vista in parallel with xp. 2gb ram, 64 bit cpu = good, dual core wud be even better, but how much? - only software from late 2007 or 2008 with good hardware would show us what vista can do that xp cant. i still dont know how much efficient it will be compared to linux, for simple / office computer use and in the price (of hardware, os and software) comparisons. with 1GB RAM, a very basic AGP Card (Geforce fx 5200 or even lower), dual core or 64 bit processor and 7200 rpm SATA hard drive - linux powered systems are still far ahead on many useful factors other than gaming!
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I always thought that Opensource or PPC was a helluva lot
more efficient than anything X86....perhaps thats just me.
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