Intel won't 'upgrade' its PCs to Vista


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From the "with friends like this" department, comes the news (New York Times) that long-time Microsoft partner Intel has said it has decided against "upgrading" the majority of computers its 80,000 employees use to Vista.

"This isn't a matter of dissing Microsoft, but Intel information technology staff just found no compelling case for adopting Vista," said a person with knowledge of the decision, though an Intel spokesman said the company was testing and deploying Vista in certain departments, but not across the company.

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The person, who has been briefed on the situation but requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of Intel's relationship with Microsoft, said the company made its decision after a lengthy analysis by its internal technology staff of the costs and potential benefits of moving to Windows Vista, which has drawn fire from many customers as a buggy, bloated program that requires costly hardware upgrades to run smoothly.

Although Microsoft regularly trumpets Vista sales numbers, the company has admitted the OS hasn't been well-received by either the general public or large enterprises.

Windows 7 is expected to ship in 2010.

Editor's note: The word's delicious irony come to mind...

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