The Inquirer is reporting that Microsoft is set to ship Vista to its major OEM partners in time for Christmas. Imagine that. Earlier in the week we were entertained with stories about how 60% of Vista needs a rewrite, and how all the poor shivering OEMs were going to get nothing but lumps of coal in their stockings for Christmas 2006. I think what happened is that the retail version of Vista, which has to support upgrading, has problems upgrading all those various versions of Windows that are still out there. OEM partners burn clean installs, and corporate users pretty much do the same (or they should).
I think that many folks seem to forget that Microsoft is in a lot more than just operating systems for desktops. There's the other major money maker, Office, and it has shipped on time. Yes, Office was slipped to February 2007 to coincide with the retail release of Vista. Big deal. Oh. And a clue to the clowns who think Balmer should leave. Balmer's not going anywhere. But you just might.