It looks like our suspicions have been confirmed: The MSI Wind will not begin shipping in the US tomorrow. Several members of the MsiWind.net forums reports that MSI is sending out letters to customers who have placed preorders letting them know that the ongoing battery shortage is making it difficult for the company to meet its ship date. MSI is now claiming it will get the computers in stock on July 7th.
http://forums.msiwind.net/post9623.html#p9623This is the second time MSI has pushed back the release date. The MSI Wind notebook was first scheduled for a June 16th US launch. On the 16th, the company said the notebook would be available on June 27th. And now we’re looking at a July 7th date — which just happens to be 1 day before Asus is expected to begin shipping its next generation Eee PC models.
While the MSI Wind notebook will cost as much as $200 less than the equivalent Eee PC models, the series of delays could hurt the company. And MSI has already announced that the initial MSI Wind notebook shipments will pack a 3 cell battery instead of the 6 cell battery the company had planned to include.