Needless to say, the response in the Microsoft blogosphere hasn't been exactly pleasant. Steven Bink of bink.nu: "Microsoft does it again," he writes. "They let us wait and then just drops (sic) the cool stuff for a 'future release.'" Josh Phillips at Windows Connected: "They certainly aren't keeping up with anyone." Robert McLaws at Windows Now: "Microsoft's virtualization strategy is doomed to fail."
That last comment probably won't come true, but Microsoft will likely continue to slip in the minds of many. While current virtualization market-leader VMWare has been sending out PR e-mails, trying to hype its virtualization products during Microsoft's WinHEC conference next week, it now looks like they're responding to a little bit of nothing. As Phillips says at Windows Connected, "Microsoft sure isn't gonna put them out of business anytime soon." With delays and cuts like these, that might be an understatement.