The most interesting thing–and there were several interesting things–in today’s TechEd 09 keynote was Bill Veghte’s words of wisdom to current Windows shops.
“If you’re deploying Windows Vista … we are going to protect that investment for you, and you can utilize that. If you’re just starting your testing of Vista, with the release candidate [of Windows 7] and the quality of that offering, I would switch over and do your testing on the release candidate, and use that going forward. If you’re waiting for Windows 7, holiday broad availability, that’s what we’re tracking for.”
The usual “quality-issues-could-cause delays” caveat was dutifully applied. But by telling testers to move to Win 7 spells the beginning of the end for the sad Vista saga.
Just how Microsoft will protect those Vista shops remains to be seen.
More news out of TechEd 2009 here.