Microsoft announced in a conference call on Tuesday that no Windows Vista CTP would be released for November, with the development focus shifting to a “quality based schedule, rather than a calendar date one.” Instead, a December CTP will be issued before the Christmas holidays.
Amitabh Srivastava, who heads up Microsoft’s Windows engineering efforts, explained that the company was endeavoring to finish the code for all Windows Vista features by the end of December, with a feature-complete build of Vista shipping “early next year.”
Charney would not offer any hints as to when to expect Windows Vista Beta 2, only stating more information would be shared as development progresses.
Nonetheless, both Charney and Srivastava repeated that Windows Vista was still scheduled for general availability in the second half of 2006. The next Windows Server release, still code-named Longhorn, remains set for a 2007 debut.
More by following the link as to whether this plan change is actually a “delay” in the Vista schedule.
Update (11/30): Joe Wilcox has some thoughts on Microsoft Redefines Monthly.