Gates: 80 percent chance of Vista in January

Microsoft chairman tells software partners a delay is possible if beta testing yields problems.

While Microsoft officially ceased support today for its last-generation Windows 98 operating system, its next-gen, gamer-friendly Vista OS is not yet ready to go. According to Market Watch, during a presentation today to software partners in Cape Town, South Africa, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates said there was an 80 percent chance the company would launch Vista in January.

"We got to get this absolutely right," Market Watch quotes Gates. "If the feedback from the beta tests shows it is not ready for prime time, I'd be glad to delay it."

Microsoft previously delayed the release of Vista from its planned 2006 launch in March to the current January date, saying the developers "needed just a few more weeks." Some of the operating system's planned features were actually cut in order to help meet that 2006 release date.

Any delay in the release of Vista would also impact gamers. At the D.I.C.E. Summit in February, Peter Moore, head of Microsoft's gaming division, apologized for the company's "dereliction of duty" when it came to PC games and emphasized how the Vista platform would benefit PC gamers. One of the higher-profile Vista titles set for release is the PC edition of Halo 2, which will run only on the Vista OS.

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56 comments
ukd4u_86
ukd4u_86

i can wait 4 vista ....but not for Halo 2 !!!

_Sam_
_Sam_

They should take their time

Pete5506
Pete5506

LOL I cant wait for vista. Why is this you might say? I get it for free!!!!! How you might say? From where I work!! so I cant wait!!!!

juvinwo1
juvinwo1

how much DOUGH is it gonna be??

bigelf72
bigelf72

Most of you peeps are like "Its just a rehash of xp pro".....but beneath that is an entirely new vista exclusive caled Directx 10....and Directx 10 is yeilding a 60% performance gain over Directx 9 when playing games.....Vista not only looks great....but it will allow your graphics card to produce higher frames per second. Although alot of the visual effects that are included with Vista and Directx 10 are only capable with Directx 10 cards (soon to be released) Directx 10 games will be a huge leap above what we are playing right now.....like comparing last generation of console systems....to the new generation of console systems. There will be a big leap...Vistas release is the perfect time to build a new computer.

Bio_Spark
Bio_Spark

But... I'm not done with XP yet! It still feels too early to have another version. No smart person would buy a new OS for at least a year after it is released anyway. Same goes for consoles.

Kh1ndjal
Kh1ndjal

i have a decent-old system (runs doom3 perfect medium qualitu 1024x728) and i installed a beta vista version, my pc crawled to deaths with bugs and lag

jheale
jheale

No surprise... have they ever released an OS on schedule

juanfraino
juanfraino

im not in a hurry, because ill need to put at least 512 more RAM in my PC to have ar its full potential.

enoslives7
enoslives7

Vista is a joke ! It is nothing more than a rehashed XP with some new bells and whistles.

shamarke
shamarke

Though I'm not a PC gamer it will still be a nice improvement

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

80% what the...... hey billy boy, either it comes out or it doesnt.

metdevthegamer
metdevthegamer

That's good news. Not that I'm going to use Vista anytime soon after it's out; first time out I have no doubt it'll be all buggy, with spyware, viruses, and all sorts of nasty stuff. Once they get everything in check, then I'd give it a go.

thefjk
thefjk

This is the only microsoft product that I really crave for, and they are still gonna delay it, most of the BETA testers reported a couple of problems here and there but it was working aight! I just hope they finish it ASAP! I need a new PC!

ymcop
ymcop

haha, I think so, and I also have to buy a new computer to put "Vista" thing to my computer, Vista is great, but I don't really like Halo serie!

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

I'll wait.......maybe 2 years:P I have to get a new PC for that thing to run.......

vroenis
vroenis

Early adopters are almost always punished by the highest price in a product's history, and the most reliability and compatability issues. Support from third party hardware and software producers, no matter how heavily promoted, is always soft in the first year of any product's release. There is no hurry to convert immediately, the point at which the first or second 'Service Pack' is released would most likely be the wisest time to purchase Vista, as has been the pattern with every Microsoft OS.

rynmls
rynmls

vista is coming up..

gamer_10001
gamer_10001

Though I'm not a PC gamer it will still be a nice improvement.

grnidbandit
grnidbandit

i will be getting vista professional on my new pc when all those bugs have been ironed out

spidey008
spidey008

I can wait until it's ready. Windows Xp was a great advancement in OS's. I am excited about Vista overall and would love to see it released with few bugs...knock on wood.

chikahiro94
chikahiro94

Hopefully the requirements for the nicer UI in Vista will help push the power found in integrated video solutions found on budget motherboards. Nobody is going to want to buy a new computer with Vista and be told they have to settle for the less pretty version... Toss in DirectX 10 and I'm pretty happy. I only have Windows for gaming anyhow - all my real work gets done in OS X.

runstalker
runstalker

I believe the 'regular' flavor of Vista (think XP Home) will be $119.00, according to the MSRP leak at E3. Bear in mind: Vista is apparently going to SKU in 5 different flavors. Who knows where functionality like XP Pro will rank. No.4 or no.5 perhaps? As a gamer, you want the 'pro' version. That SKU fetches $199.00. So it's almost like buying a Wii! Of course, you'll have a Wii already by the time Jan '07 rolls around. Ask your woman for the Vista pre-purchase as your Christmas gift; how romantic.

K1LLSWITCH
K1LLSWITCH

I'll believe it when I see it. Then I'll laugh at it. In order to play Halo 2, a basic FPS that somehow made it to popularity, is only playable on Windows Vista? Whats next? Players will need to pay extra in order to play it online? Watch out for worthless patches to make the software compatible with the hardware, and possible pop up ad's. Since thats what Microsoft wants right?

gamepunk86
gamepunk86

vista is gonna cost a crap load anyway. i'm just gonna wait years after it comes out to drop before getting it

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

so long as you're happy to be watched and spied upon. seeya micro$haft, i use no micro$haft software or hardware anymore. bill gates wants the world. end software tyranny now!!

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

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makemeweak
makemeweak

Takes time to program for so many different billions of platforms, so it doesn't surprise or concern me. I'm just glad that Microsoft isn't trying to push anything out too soon. Anyway it will give me time to save up for an upgrade to my graphics card. The specs don't seem very taxing, but I'd like to be able to use DX10.

Chromebound
Chromebound

So many of you complain and whine about Vista now. Do you realize the same reaction took place prior to the release of XP? One day Vista will become the norm (sooner than later) and your adament approach to the operating system will have done nothing to slow its influence.

Pablo620
Pablo620

What a load of crap. i want Halo 2 for PC and i dont want Vista YET. What a bunch of ............ they are, forcing me to get Vista. From March 2006 to January 2007, just a few weeks

sstravisd
sstravisd

I wouldn't care if Gates says 99% chance of Vista in January.

elementfx
elementfx

Well I do. The pc version of halo was way better on computer. So I'm hoping halo 2 will turn out the same. I think it will.

jasonmacrillo
jasonmacrillo

run damnsmalllinux on yer 386 itll run sweet forget 98 :P

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

Running Beta 2 right now, and lots of XP software works on it. DX10 will make DX9 look like old pac-man graphics. Just wish Nvidia and ATI would get some better drivers finished for it. Hard to benchmark on beta drivers...

SnuffDaddyNZ
SnuffDaddyNZ

Sucks about Windows 98, I have a few games that don't work on XP (most notably the first four need for speed games), and besides that it's the best choice for running old DOS games. When I have run Win98 on dual boot to play certain old games I always make sure to unplug my router.

Chubbums
Chubbums

2 kinncolts, how do I know Halo 2 is an overhyped game? Because I own it and have played online alot. proof

runstalker
runstalker

I just want a stable, commercial 64-bit OS that plays oh-so-friendly with my FX-60. Not too much to ask for!

JephirDromulus
JephirDromulus

Well, the thing that happened to Halo PC might happen to Halo 2 PC. People make millions of mods and soon you have multiplayer with flying warthogs... hmm... that's not a bad idea! I'll put that on my to-do list.

Ronin_87
Ronin_87

The biggest issue I have with Halo 2 on PC is that even though it doesn't use DX10 at all (stated previously by devs) M$ insist on making it Vista exclusive. It's really annoying. :x

rwbojorquez
rwbojorquez

I tried vista the beta version. I have a decent processor but good for vista i believe if you get you need a dual core processor.

kinncolts
kinncolts

2 chubbums..how is Halo 2 overhyped????? it was one of the best games for XBOX...the best mutliplayer game to this day...adn with the expanded online features..better graphics..and map editor...i think it will de really well..

JoHnWeSs187
JoHnWeSs187

Vista plague with drm, wga, and spyware. Plus they want private info from the user. Yep zero privacy from mircosoft lastest OS.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

I really do not care when Vista comes out XP is fine with me.

caesarbites
caesarbites

Wow. Halo 2!! I can't wait to play that game. I hope it's good. :roll:

rgsniper1
rgsniper1

Personally I'd wait until I saw Halo 2 running on Vista before I'd dog it. Being on PC and with a good development time, it could be the Halo that people have been waiting for.