Microsoft has published and then pulled a Vista operating system guide, after saying it wasn’t quite ready for public consumption – rather like the delayed OS itself.
The 313-page guide was originally provided to Microsoft's Technology Adoption Partner (TAP) members – a select group of customers and partners that serve as elite beta testers.
The guide was also posted on an independent Microsoft blog. This blog has now agreed to take down the guide to prevent wider public viewing.
Microsoft confirmed the pulling of the guide, simply saying it wasn’t ready for public consumption.
When available, the guide was in Microsoft's new XPS (XML Paper Specification) format, which the company is trying to promote as an alternative to Adobe’s established portable document format (PDF).
To read the guide, users had to be on a machine running Windows XP or the Windows Vista beta. They also had to download an XPS viewer application.
Windows Vista is scheduled to be available to large companies this autumn, and will be available to all users from next January.