USB Piper discounted the rumors of Microsoft's (MSFT) early windows XP release.
Analyst Ashok Kumar says rumors in the press Tuesday said Microsoft would pull in its release date of Windows XP by a month. Kumar notes Microsoft is not scheduled to have the "release-to-manufacturing" version of XP available until the end of August; he says it's unlikely the company will be able to compress its cycle time by more than a week.
He says Dell Computer claims to have a production version of XP, but with increased legal scrutiny, Kumar thinks it's unlikely that Microsoft would have a limited release. He notes Microsoft is expected to be on schedule for its "release-to-manufacturing" version of Professional in the first half of 2002 and the 64-bit XP in the second half of 2002.