Security worries halt Vista

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Security worries halt Vista

Microsoft has delayed the shipping of its new Vista operating system to business and consumer users until an unspecified date in 2007, blaming security concerns.

The move caused the company some embarrassment, and much flack over missing the pre-Christmas shopping period, but the delay is a smart one, given the buggy security of Microsoft’s previous Windows operating systems.

The company says Vista needs more fine-tuning, especially on its security features, which are a core selling point, and which Microsoft has been trumpeting for months. Several of the company’s partners had also requested that it wait until 2007.

It's clearly a smart move to delay the release until when it’s ready, rather than ship an insecure and flawed product, especially when, given its improved security elements, an army of hackers will want to break it. Microsoft will get some whining headlines in the meantime, but I’m sure it can live with them.

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