The already dismal sales performance of Microsoft's new flagship, Windows Vista, could be further hampered by a delay in the first service pack (SP1) for the operating system, according to reports.
Many large corporate customers, including chip giant Intel, have stated they won't deploy Vista until SP1 is released. Addressing analysts a few weeks back, Intel CEO Paul Otellini seemed to let it slip that Vista SP1 would be available around October this year.
But Microsoft-Watch.com reports that while a beta for SP1 may be available during this timeframe, the final service pack probably won't be available until next year. It goes on to quote the president of Endpoint Technologies Associates, Roger Kay: "Any delay in SP1 will delay commercial rollouts. More appropriately: 'Ich nicht rolle diesem yahr aus'. Translation: 'I'm not rolling out this year'."
Kay goes on to say that if Microsoft delivers SP1 in the first quarter of 2008, early deployments would only start around the third quarter, with mass deployments happening in early 2009 or "a year late".
Many analysts had predicted early deployment of Vista in the third quarter of this year, with mass uptake in the second quarter of 2008. But they, like many hardware manufacturers and OEMs, had pinned their projections on an 07 Q3 release of SP1. This now seems unlikely.
With initial worldwide sales of Vista coming up massively short of industry expectations, it looks like 2007 could now prove to be doubly disappointing.