"I think Microsoft has given up on Vista behind the scenes. I'm
sending this via email because well, I know it sounds like tinfoil
hat time, but I think there's some validity to it.
"Microsoft realized with XP that the NT kernel's days were
numbered, which is why they talked of the complete rewrite that was
to be Longhorn/Vista (and be wonderful and ship in 2003, etc). Well
with all of the efforts that went into that, and Vista basically
becoming what would've happened to Apple if it truly had shipped
Copland, Microsoft finds itself in a bind..."