Microsoft announces Windows Vista is on track to arrive in the fourth quarter for businesses and in January 2007 for consumers.
The reiteration comes from Timothy Chen, Microsoft's CEO for the Greater China region, who told Windows IT Pro Magazine that the release schedule is currently "unchanged" and that the consumer version of Vista will come out in "late January."
That said, Microsoft has reportedly made some schedule tweaks internally. Vista's build 5520 was originally intended to ship as the Release Candidate 1 version, but problems with the build forced Microsoft to pass the torch to build 5536. Paul Thurrott believes neither build 5520 nor build 5536 are proper candidates for the final Vista release, though, since Microsoft does not plan to finalize the operating system until October.