Microsoft claimed to only need a few extra weeks but is actually taking a significantly longer time. Many VARs were surprised to see Microsoft announcing yet another delay, but all agree that they would rather sell a completed product than only a second-rate product.
According to the article (link above), "Some VARs speculate that Microsoft has purposely delayed the consumer versions out of fear that the majority of consumers buying new PCs for Christmas would not be willing to spend close to $1,000 for a system that could run Vista with good performance. The company feared the consumer releases could fall flat on its face as it came out of the gate."
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