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Our industry partners, as you probably know, during the December selling season, need quite a bit of time, and an extremely high level of confidence and certainty about that period of time. Now, we've been in discussions with them, and in order for all the industry to be ready, instead of just part of the industry, we've decided to prioritize around the customer and partner satisfaction for the broad availability, to be in January of 2007. This will ensure great out-of-the-box experience for Windows Vista customers, and ensure that all of our partners are prepared at the same time.
The first step is protection from doing things inadvertently or warning you about the level of impact it could have. Then, if you let something in, Defender is there to (warn you) and you can undo it. If the thing gets in and has really done some awful things, using the equivalent of System Restore in Windows XP you can back up time and undo it.
We are going to continue working on all the aspects that we think are quality That means backwards compatibility, performance--security is a big thing. As you know, safety and security have been a driving factor in this release all along ... We know what we need to do in order to make this system one that people are going to be able to feel safe and secure with when they get it.
Where we sit today, things are going according to plan, and we're feeling very good. But I always like to preface that as I did with Windows 2000, Windows XP quality is the thing that will dictate if we're ready to go. So if we have any problems in quality, I'll slip this product. It's the thing that is at the top of my mind.
That held true last week when the 15-year Microsoft veteran revealed he would retire at the end of next year. If you want to make a difference, and you see something that can be improved, then don't talk--improve it, ... My dream is for a much more agile, quality-driven engineering organization with fewer roadblocks and more open highway to speed on. ... Now, let's ship, ship, ship
Product quality was the first priority on the first day of Vista (development) and we won't compromise on that. We needed just a few more weeks and that put us in what we would call a bubble where some partners would be impacted more than others and we decided to optimize it for the entire industry.