The Inquirer, who first got wind
of the Intel dissent,
comments that "when a company as tech savvy as Intel, with full source
code access and having written several large chunks of the OS, says get
stuffed, you know you have a problem. Well, everyone knows MS has a
problem, but it is nice to see it codified in such a black and white
way though. Reassuring, like a warm cup of tea, or a public kick to the
corporate crown jewels."
Indeed, that is as good an analysis, if a rather
irreverent one, that I have seen. The simple truth is that you don't
expect enterprise level business to upgrade and deploy a new operating
system within the first 12 months of release.
It makes sense to wait for the initial bugs to get squished and the inevitable security scares to be sorted first.
However, with Vista hitting the corporate market in November 2006 (and
being available for testing long before) one would certainly expect it
to have been long enough for this kind of big hitting company to have
made a decision.
It appears that Intel, and many others, have. Unfortunately for Microsoft, that decision seems to be not to bother.