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Gates: Vista's Chances 80-20 To Ship On Time

Microsoft Corp's chairman Bill Gates on Tuesday gave Windows Vista an 80 percent shot at shipping on time in January 2007, and said he hoped the next version of Office would roll out before the end of the year.

Gates commented on the operating system's and suite's chances while in South Africa, along with former President Bill Clinton, to highlight development and educational partnerships and programs.

However, he also repeated the company's promise to delay the next-generation operating system if current beta testing uncovered problems.

"We got to get this absolutely right," Gates told the Associated Press in Cape Town. "If the feedback from the beta tests shows it is not ready for prime time, I'd be glad to delay it."

According to some estimates, about 1 in 5 bugs submitted by Vista beta testers has not yet been fixed.

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