Gartner targets a Windows Vista release in the April-June quarter of 2007, nine to 12 months after Microsoft conducts a second major test, or "beta," release for Vista during the current quarter.
"Microsoft still wants to get it out as soon as possible, but slipping from January to March is nowhere near as bad as slipping from shipping before the holidays to after the holidays," a group of Gartner analysts wrote in the report.
A couple of weeks ago I think we had a premonition on the show while discussing Paul Thurott's review, part 5. We mentioned that since it was not truly feature complete, it would be difficult to release to manufacturing on the previous timetable. Over on Slashdot, there is some shock and surprise, but this is not a shocker to me.