The ongoing (3+ years now!) delays of Windows Vista have become rather comic. In this time period, Apple has released at least three solid OS upgrades, and Microsoft is unable to get a single one out the door. The latest round is particularly upsetting to PC retailers, as it means they will be unable to get the new Windows on their computers before Christmas. Which is going to seriously hurt.

Thing is, the reaction is dramatic, not just because of Microsoft’s broken promises to PC makers and customers alike, but because they seem to be making bigger mistakes in response to their problems. They have gone so far as to pull programmers from the Xbox and other projects to put them on Windows Vista. Sorry, but that sounds like something right out of The Mythical Man-Month – throw more programmers at a project that has fallen behind schedule. Know what that does? Historically, it delays the project even further.

So it looks as though Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” is even going to ship before Vista, much to Apple’s glee, and will even run on Intel processors out of the box. How long before Microsoft abandons Vista and just buys the rights to Mac OS X?!?