“In the face of strong competition, Evangelism’s focus may shift immediately to the next version of the same technology, however. Indeed, Phase 1 (Evangelism Starts) for version x+1 may start as soon as this Final Release of version X.”
–Microsoft, internal document
ON several occasions before we had argued that Vista 7 was unlikely to be released in accordance with Microsoft’s unrealistic schedules. Despite being hurried through the door while still in poor shape, the following report from CNN suggests that Vista 7 will be out no earlier than 2010, just like Office 14, which has just been delayed until 2010 at the earliest. “Windows 7 is scheduled to ship in early 2010,” says the article, possibly indicating that Microsoft said something along those lines a few days ago.
This is important enough to be worth a post because it’s a fine demonstration of vapourware tactics, which are an anti-competitive offence. Nathan Myhrvold described it as an attempt to “freeze the market.” GNU/Linux is already here right now and unlike Windows, it’s neither beta nor Vista. █