Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is speaking out on Windows
Vista. Vista has been stricken by numerous delays and feature reductions
over the years, but if Gates has his way, we'll be seeing Vista on store
shelves in January of 2007.
According to Gates, there's an 80% chance that Vista will be
ready in time for January although he does say that the launch could slip
slightly if problems arise. "We got to get this absolutely right. If the
feedback from the beta tests shows it is not ready for prime time, I'd be glad
to delay it," said Gates at a presentation in Cape Town, South Africa. The
Chicago Tribune reports:
He said Microsoft was
investing $8 billion to $9 billion in developing Vista and the company's next
version of Office, its key cash-generator. He said the company's software
partners, in developing and adapting their own products for the two launches,
would invest 20 times as much as Microsoft. Gates said he hoped the next
version of Office would be ready in December.
It was announced just last month that Microsoft Office would
be delayed again as well. That office suite was originally planned to launch in
time for the holiday, but was later pushed back to launch with
Vista in January 2007 and then pushed back again to a more cloudy “early 2007” launch.