Steve and Bill insisted that Vista is a huge, hairy success, and bristled when confronted with mild criticism. But their actions speak louder than words: They know they’ve got a mess on their hands.
Proof: Microsoft (MSFT) has just given low-cost desktop PC-makers the go-ahead to install XP, the not-that-great-but-better-than-the-alternative predecessor to Vista until 2010; they were previously supposed to stop using XP this month.
The stated reason: Vista is too much of a resource-hog for underpowered PCs, and that should give Microsoft investors pause — how do you roll out a new OS that doesn’t work on new PCs? The good news: Pushing back the deadline means that at least some PC owners may never have to deal with Vista at all.