Microsoft, the world’s leading producer of software, may very well meet its scheduled release dates for the enterprise and consumer editions of its highly anticipated next-generation Windows Vista operating system (OS), the Associated Press reports via BusinessWeek Online.
The news comes from Goldman Sachs analyst Rick Sherlund, according to the AP.
Sherlund has given a “buy” rating to Microsoft stock because he said he thinks the second test version will be available within the coming two weeks, which indicates that the Redmond, Wash.-based firm will likely be able to avoid additional delays in the release of the OS, the AP reports.
Microsoft has said it plans to release Vista to manufacturers and enterprises in November, and it expects to make the consumer edition available sometime in January.
Sherlund also said he thinks Microsoft will soon begin to issue free Vista—and possibly Office 2007—upgrade coupons, for existing users to update their systems, according to the AP.
Last spring, the software giant delayed the release of Vista to consumers, the AP reports.
In related news, Amazon.com, the Web retailer, in August listed Windows Vista for sale on its site with prices between $100 and $399, and it said it would ship on Jan. 30.
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