After a piece of software hits release to manufacturing (RTM), a lot has to be done before shipments are made to retail outlets. CDs must be pressed, manuals printed, packaging prepared, etc. There is always dead time after a build goes Gold and a hefty one is expected with Windows 2000, due to the importance of this new OS.
First moved from October 6th to the 28th, Windows 2000 will now RTM on November 15th - the first day of COMDEX.
However, Windows 2000 will not hit store shelves until late January at the earliest, giving Microsoft time to deal with Y2K problems in the latter part of the month. It is possible we will see a huge Super Bowl Sunday shebang if Microsoft can get everything in gear by that point. Although, an early February release is a possibility as well.
Microsoft now has an excuse give an important keynote speech about the milestone and the COMDEX hoopla is bound increase ten-fold. Maybe these delays haven't turned out so bad for the software giant after all