Sources at Microsoft claim the release of Windows Vista Beta 2 has been delayed from December 7, 2005 to sometime in January or February 2006. The company will try to make up for this lost time by eliminating one of the planned release candidate milestones that were planned for later in the launch process.
A Microsoft representative told me that the company remains on track for shipping Windows Vista in the second half of 2006. "We are on schedule and committed to shipping on time and ensuring a high-quality product," I was told. "Microsoft sets internal targets for the development team around milestones, but these are not commitments to specific dates. We do not comment on these internal milestones and we have not announced a specific timeframe for our next major Windows Vista milestone. "