Intel hates Vista

It's IT Blogwatch: in which Intel decides to skip the Vista upgrade train, to the embarrassment of its Redmond chums. Not to mention how Egyptian ISPs advertise...

Charlie Demerjian reports:

It looks like Intel is taking a wise decision and avoiding the Broken OS entirely. Yes, Intel is not going to use Vista on its corporate machines... ever. When a company as tech savvy as Intel, with full source code access and having written several large chunks of the OS, says get stuffed, you know you have a problem. Well, everyone knows MS has a problem, but it is nice to see it codified in such a black and white way though. Reassuring, like a warm cup of tea, or a public kick to the corporate crown jewels. The real question is what are they going to use? The official answer is 'nothing yet' ... So that leaves two other choices, Linux and Mac. Linux is a distinct possibility, they already have an in-house distro that causes employees look nervously around the room when you talk about it. Although it is not a desktop variant, there is no reason that they could not roll one given two years. The other one is the big white horse in the corner, Mac OS. If there was ever a company that is loyal to Intel, it is Apple. If there was ever a company that could make MacOS work internally, it is Intel. more

Steve Lohr is more sober:

Intel, the giant chip maker and longtime partner of Microsoft, has decided against upgrading the computers of its own 80,000 employees to Microsoft’s Vista ... Intel is hardly alone in its reluctance to embrace Microsoft’s latest operating system, which was available to corporate customers in November 2006 and to consumers in January 2007. Large companies routinely hold off a year or so after a new version of Windows is introduced before adopting it, waiting for initial bugs to be eliminated and for applications to be written ... Meanwhile, the Microsoft operating system engine chugs on, phasing out the old and proclaiming the new. The company reiterated this week that, despite some customer protests, it would halt shipments of the previous version of Windows, XP, to retail stores and stop most licensing of XP to PC makers next week. more

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols gloats:

You gotta love it. Microsoft has decided that it will ho ahead and kill off easy access to XP on June 30th. On behalf of desktop Linux users everywhere, and our first cousins, the Mac fans, thanks. You've given us the best shot we'll ever have of taking the desktop. But it gets even better! Microsoft has also announced that it will be releasing Windows 7 on January 2010. They'll blow that ship date. Microsoft has never set a shipping date it could meet. But, who in their right mind would now buy Vista? I mean, come on, I don't think anyone with their wits about them would buy Vista anyway. Vista is to operating systems what the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers are to the National Football League. more

Matt Buchanan is amazed:

That's hands down the most hardcore corporate rebuke of Vista yet given how tight the two are, even though the source for the info says that it's not really "dissing Microsoft, but Intel information technology staff just found no compelling case for adopting Vista." Whatever, man. Intel and many others—Gartner estimates a higher percentage of companies will skip Vista than the 30 percent that typically bypass a new Windows release. Windows 7 looming is no doubt a factor, but will it see a higher than average adoption rate in return? more

But Adrian Kingsley-Hughes keeps his wallet in his pocket:

I don’t buy into all the “Windows Vista is rubbish” rhetoric that’s been floating about. Rather than rely on collective hearsay I much rather collect my own data. Also, when it comes to operating system reliability problems that look like they are down to the OS are usually down to something else - a bad driver or a rogue application, for example. Over the past few months I’ve been keeping a close eye on my system’s reliability and taking steps to improve reliability ... Some of the steps I have taken to reduce problems are:
* Apply all patches and updates from Microsoft
* Update critical drivers (graphics card/chipset and so on)
* Flash the BIOS (companies like ASUS put out a lot of BIOS updates, and usually there are good reasons for this)
* Update applications that cause instability (if this isn’t possible, consider replacing the buggy applications with another)
It’s my believe that Windows Vista is about as stable and reliable as it’s going to be, and in my experience, Vista is as robust as XP, if not more so. Yes, it took time (maybe more time than it should) but the reliability is now there. more

Ron Schenone scratches his head:

If Vista is as stable and reliable as XP is, than why is Intel reluctant to employ it? ... You gotta love it! ... The beat goes on and on. No sooner do you think that everything is settling down and that the two Vista camps [love it - hate it] have disappeared, up jumps the devil once again. But this time the game and comparisons are different. more

Dustin Harper gets real:

Vista offers several things that are better than XP, but most corporate IT departments have no use for the new features. XP can handle it. I know a lot of companies that are still using Windows 2000 as the client software. Vista isn't just a software upgrade. You would need to upgrade either the hardware, or buy a whole new system. I love Vista, but for a corporation with thousands of computers, the extra features you gain just aren't worth the economic outlay you have to put forward. Windows 7 should be a lot better and kinder to hardware, due to its modularity (which is what I love about Server 2008). more

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