Microsoft’s Vista delayed

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Redmond, Wash.—Microsoft Corp. said its much-anticipated Windows Vista operating system, originally code-named Longhorn, will be delayed. The system will be released in two stages-for business customers in November of this year, and for consumers in January 2007.

“We’re on track to complete Windows Vista this year, but quality is the top-line message,” said Jim Allchin, president of the Platforms & Services division, in a conference call. The operating system’s original release date for both businesses and consumers was to be in the second half of this year.

“Given that the customers have wanted us to be very precise and any mistakes in that might impact their business, we decided to come out with a very high assurance date for them that they can count on,” Allchin said.

—Carol Krol

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