Microsoft heeft nog steeds als doelstelling om deze zomer de final versie van Windows XP af te leveren. Echter, als dit niet gehaald wordt zal het bedrijf de release uitstellen tot volgend jaar. Dit schrijft ZDNet in dit artikel. PC-bouwers hebben het bericht eind vorige week te horen gekregen, en analisten lijken ineens weinig vertrouwen meer te hebben in een introductie voor dit jaar.
Much depends on whether the company can meet its target date for releasing the Windows XP final, or gold, code to computer makers. Computer makers contacted Monday said that late last week Microsoft told them it would release the final code for XP--an upgrade to Windows 95, 98, Me and 2000--in late July or early August.
If Microsoft meets that target, the company can launch Windows XP this year as planned. By releasing the software to manufacturers by the end of July, some PC companies could start selling it at the tail end of "the back-to-school" season, which is the second-busiest buying period of the year.
But Microsoft described its window for delivery as tight, telling several PC makers that if the date slipped, Windows XP's launch would be pushed back to 2002.
De delay naar 2002 wordt door sommigen verklaard door de release van de Xbox, waarvoor een veel grotere, duurdere belangrijkere introductie is gepland. Indien WinXP slechts enkele maanden later op de markt zou verschijnen kunnen de promotie-activiteiten van beide producten elkaar in de weg gaan zitten.
Several PC makers expressed surprise that Microsoft would consider delaying Windows XP because of Xbox, but LeTocq said it makes sense.
"Do you want to be doing those two messages at the same time?" he asked. "Microsoft is betting a whole bunch on Xbox. If they can't get the Windows XP messaging out in time, that is a recipe for consumer confusion."
Piper Jaffray analyst Ashok Kumar agreed.
"They don't want to steal thunder from the Xbox announcement," he said. "Microsoft initially will be selling (Xbox) for about a $150 loss per box." The company needs to get game developers and the gaming community excited as quickly as possibly to recoup part of its investment, he added.
"We've never been public about any delivery dates outside of saying it would be publicly available in the second half of this year," he said. "The important piece is having software and hardware available for the holidays. That's where we're going, and that's where we're targeting."
Sanford said it's too early to tell from the Beta 2 feedback whether Microsoft could finish Windows XP for the end of back-to-school buying season, which insinuates an early September availability on new systems. At least one so-called release candidate, or nearly completed version, is expected before Microsoft locks down the code, he noted.
"Right now, you're looking more at public availability in the later second half of this year," Sanford said.
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