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Vista Slip Could Mean Huge Hit To Microsoft

If Windows Vista is pushed back from its target January 2007 release, the financial impact could run between $200 million and $400 million, the company's chief financial officer said Thursday.

During the quarterly earnings call with analysts, Microsoft CFO Chris Liddell said that a slip in Vista's release to Q2 2007 would cost the company hundreds of millions.

Currently, Vista is on track for a November release to corporations with volume licensing agreements in place, and a January debut for all others, Liddell said.

Analysts, however, have been skeptical of Vista's timing since March, when Microsoft first announced the delay to November and January. Several, including analysts from Gartner and JupiterResearch, have pegged second quarter 2007 as more realistic.

If that's the case, Microsoft could lose out on $200- to $400 million in sales.

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