But there is a 20% chance that Windows will be delayed again

During a press conference, Microsoft Europe's president Darren Huston told reporters that despite the fine imposed on it by the European Commission, Windows Vista will go forward as planned and will not be affected. "I don't think this has any impact on the teams and the efforts that are going forward to that launch," Huston said.

Earlier this week, DailyTech reported that the European Commission decided to go forward with a $357 million fine to Microsoft for not complying with an anti-trust ruling. According to the ruling, Microsoft was asked to unbundle its Windows Media Player as well as share some of its Windows technology with competitors to even out competition. Microsoft was given several months to comply, but did not.

Interestingly, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates stated that there is an 80% chance that Windows Vista will ship by January 2007. Gates told reporters that he would not hesitate to delay Windows Vista's release date even further if Microsoft found critical bugs from beta testing. So far, Microsoft has removed various features from Windows Vista, some of which were originally touted as revolutionary. Despite this, Huston said "we are still committed to the existing plan of record."

Microsoft may face another fine of $634 million if it still does not comply with European Commission demands by July 31st of this year.

"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan
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