I am not sure who is in charge of Vista development, but based on conversations I have had in the past 3-4 months with the different teams at Microsoft,it is very apparent to me that most have no idea what the other one is doing. It is obvious that serious compartmentalization is taking place.
I am imagine much of there issues revolve around security and by minimizing the amount of information this insures security of product details but it also only allows top managers to know what is going on in other divisions, and if you have a bad manager who does not know how to integrate that information to make sure his divisions goals are meeting the overall strategy that disaster can strike.
It is obvious to me at least that organization is not very good at Microsoft, in that if you have to delay the release of the most anticipated software update in a good number of years again, that they have some very serious organizational problems. Either that or the leaders are to busy playing golf and slapping each other on the back to notice whats cooking in the kitchen.
As a user, consumer and technologist I am highly disappointed with the Vista release announcement, and with the ever growing security threat to the information on our computers it is highly obvious that it is time for some major house cleaning.
Bill Gates promised us that security and this rising threat to malware and spyware would be their top priority several years ago and today we are no closer to getting a handle on it then they where then. Maybe it is time to start seriously looking at Mac