June 26th 2008
By Mike Flaminio
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.
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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