Microsoft announced on Tuesday that security concerns had delayed the software giant's next-generation operating system, Windows Vista, until November for business users and January 2007 for general consumer availabiltiy.
The company attributed the delay to the extra time needed to insure quality and fix remaining security issues. The extra development time amounts to "a few weeks," according to Jim Allchin, co-president for the Platforms and Services division at Microsoft, but will result in a delay to market of a few months.
"We are going to continue working on all the aspects that we think are quality: That means backwards compatibility, performance--security is a big thing," Allchin said during a conference call. "As you know, safety and security have been a driving factor in this release all along ... We know what we need to do in order to make this system one that people are going to be able to feel safe and secure with when they get it."
The delay is the latest problem for the software giant's flagship operating system. Microsoft had originally slated the software for release in late 2005, but pushed back its target date to summer 2006 and dropped several planned features to try to guarantee delivery. Several advanced security features linked to Microsoft's hardware security initiative--known as the next-generation secure computing base and previously as "Palladium"--fell to the cutting room floor because of the company's focus on shipping the product in 2006.
Microsoft has dealt with a handful of security issues in Vista publicly. In January, the company patched a flaw in the Windows Meta File (WMF) format that affected the Vista beta. And last August, Microsoft had to contend with media reports that alleged the first "Vista computer virus" had been created.
Posted by: Robert Lemos