In a comment to an earlier posting on this topic, Tony Cocks (who works for Microsoft in the UK) wondered: "Does software release dates slipping still count as news these days? "  Oh Tony, indeed it does.  I think I could link a dozen stories like this one from CRN...

For developers, the tandem Yukon and Whidbey delays underscore the danger of relying too much on one vendor and may play well in IBM Software's attempts to woo ISVs. One of IBM's main arguments as to why it is a safer infrastructure partner than Microsoft is that its support for J2EE and open standards means there will be alternative technology sources should IBM renege on partnership promises. Such may not be the case for Microsoft-only shops dependent on that company's code drops.
Link: CRN: SQL Server Delays Roil Solution Providers >

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