updated 01:00 pm EST, Thu December 28, 2006
Vista Launched Too Soon
Microsoft's Vista business launch was premature and has instilled doubt that the company was ever truly ready for a 2006 launch, according to an expert speaking to PC World. Analyst Russ Cooper of Cybertrust observes that much of the compatibility is broken, leaving many early adopters stranded as essential tools such as antivirus or tax software break and require updates that may be months away from completion.
"I say Microsoft never intended anybody to run Vista prior to January," Cooper notes. "What works on Vista, beyond Office 2007?"
Additionally, PC World finds that Microsoft is creating inexplicable delays in important fixes, citing an Internet Explorer 7 performance fix that was released for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 this month but which will not appear for Vista until February or later, after the public launch of Vista has already taken place. A Microsoft spokeswoman said such fixes were handled on a "case-by-case basis" but did not account for the delay.