Microsoft has insisted that it is still on target to deliver both Windows 98 and Windows NT 5.0 on target, but industry partners claim the dates are slipping.
A source at a major computer manufacturer said today: ?Although MS has publicly stated that Memphis will go gold on 30 October, their timescales don?t seem to add up."
He added: ?Memphis is currently in beta 2 and if Internet Explorer 4.0 goes gold on 30 September, there are only four weeks to integrate the browser?s final release with the base OS to form Memphis beta 3.0, ship it to the beta sites, process the feedback and fix the bugs.?
Windows NT 5.0, the same source claimed, is likely to arrive at the very end of the first half of 1998 - months later than expected - because so far there is no sign at all of a beta release.
But David Weekes, Windows 98 product manager at Microsoft UK, claimed his company had never promised a gold release date for Memphis.
He said: ?We?re still on schedule. Beta 2 ends this month and beta 3 will arrive at the end of the month with a final release date being in quarter one of next year.?
He said that the gold date for Internet Explorer 4.0, to be integrated in both Windows 98 and Windows NT 5.0, was 30 September.
?We [the Memphis team] are working closely with the Internet Explorer team and receive daily builds from them every day,? Weekes said. ?Beta 3 of Memphis will include the final version of IE 4.0.?
Windows NT, he claimed, is also on target. ?We?re releasing a first beta at our Professional Developers' Conference in San Francisco at the end of September,? he said. ?Beta 2 of NT 5.0 will arrive in February.?
According to the source, factors likely to delay Windows NT 5.0 are two components, ACPI and On Now. He said: ?This explains why Microsoft is busy pushing corporate customers to NT 4.0 now. They?d like your money now and again eight months later, rather than have you hold off until NT 5.0 ships.?
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