Intel Snubs Microsoft, Won't Adopt Vista in Offices

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By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2008 11:21 AM CDT
A South Korean woman sits next to Intel banner inside of electronic shop in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, June 5, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Intel has decided not to upgrade the 80,000 or so computers its employees use to Windows Vista, seemingly betraying its longtime bosom buddy Microsoft, the New York Times reports. The latest Windows iteration has drawn jeers for being bloated and buggy. “This isn’t a matter of dissing Microsoft,” said an Intel source. “Intel information technology staff just found no compelling case for adopting Vista.”

Intel isn’t alone. Big companies usually wait a year or so to adopt new operating systems, so the bugs can be smoothed out. But so far, corporate Vista orders have been especially sluggish. “By 18 months, you’d expect to see a significant uptake, and we haven’t,” one analyst said. “There’s not much excitement.” But Microsoft remains steadfast in phasing out XP.