On Tuesday, Microsoft said it would delay the release of its much-anticipated, often-delayed Windows Vista operating system from this spring to January, 2007.
The reason, Microsoft co-president Jim Allchin said, was that PC makers told Microsoft they couldn’t be sure that Vista would run on their computers in time for the Christmas rush.
If you are a large enterprise user, you will have an opportunity to purchase a first-generation Vista build this November. But do you really want to place your organization on the bleeding edge of an operating system that is unproven thus far?
Perhaps your company is being actively wooed by Microsoft’s quite persuasive sales teams to act as innovators and go with an upgrade to an operating system that has been in development for several years. But just the fact that this is the case shouldn’t assure you. It should un-assure you.
Why? Well, Windows XP has been around for five years and it is still buggy and full of security holes. Better to stick with a solution you know how to fix than one you do not.
And, from the appearances of it, a solution that Microsoft doesn’t know how to fix, either.
Heads are rolling at Microsoft about this delay. Since Microsoft’s usual response to these issues is verbal damage control rather than an executive crackdown, it tells me the situation with Windows Vista is more critical then they are willing to admit.
Keep in mind it is the job of Microsoft’s sales staff to put a positive spin on these developments.
You are an adult. You know how to say “no” to sales types. My guess is you don’t only know how to say “no,” but you know how to say “no, not yet.” (You probably do that with your kids).
Keep those well-honed “no” skills of yours ready, for you are going to need them.