How Much Would a Vista Slip Cost Microsoft?

During its quarterly earnings call with financial analysts on July 20, Microsoft maintained the party line that it is still planning to release Windows Vista to manufacturing before year-end 2006 and to launch it in January 2007. But what if Vista slips a quarter, asked one analyst. Microsoft Chief

During its quarterly earnings call with financial analysts on July 20, Microsoft maintained the party line that it is still planning to release Windows Vista to manufacturing before year-end 2006 and to launch it in January 2007. But what if Vista slips a quarter, asked one analyst. Microsoft Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell told company watchers that a one quarter Vista slip would cost Microsoft between $200 million and $400 million. Ouch.