Windows Vista Launches... Incomplete?

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Did we miss something?

On the same day that Microsoft is hurrying out Vista business to the outstretched arms of highly aroused corporate entities, security experts at Symantec and Trend Micro are telling the media that they're still working on the operating system. We're wondering what this means for the initial batch of Vista units, which were shipped out to businesses yesterday.

In fact, the only selected security company to complete their work with Vista is the well-known McAfee. However, that leaves Symantec, Trend Micro, and CA with a lot of work to do.

Although home buyers can be assured -- we assume -- that the necessary changes will be made before Vista ships to them in January, it might mean a few nervous weeks for corporate users. Updates and patches will surely be a daily routine for many Vista owners in the business world, making December a frustrating month.

Unfortunately, it isn't even 100% clear that all of the security firms working on Vista will have their work complete before the end of the year, or even the end of January. Some have pegged completion for "first quarter 2007", and in the tech world that could certainly mean "first quarter 2008". (source:

The story clouds an otherwise festive week as Microsoft unveiled Vista at a massive kickoff party in New York City. CEO Steve Ballmer even went so far as to call it the "biggest launch in the company's history." (source:

It may just be, but unfortunately for Microsoft (and those using their new operating system), work on Vista is still far from over.

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