Microsoft: Vista (Comparatively) Invulnerable

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Imagine that a company built a car out of foam.  Not a working car, of course – just a full-scale model.  And then that company started trumpeting stuff about having no safety-related recalls.  Well, Microsoft is proud to announce that Vista has fewer security vulnerabilities than its competitors.Microsoft: Vista (Comparatively) Invulnerable

We remain, if you didn’t guess from that opening paragraph, somewhat unimpressed.  Several user comments on another recent Vista article served as reminders that the operating system isn’t at all popular; although businesses are switching to it, the transition may be due to new computers’ packaging as much as anything.

Still, it’s only fair to give Microsoft its say.  Jeff Jones, the security director of Microsoft’s trustworthy Computing group, writes, "My analysis found that researchers found and disclosed significantly fewer vulnerabilities in Windows Vista than either [its] predecessor product, Windows XP, or other operating systems such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Ubuntu, and Apple Mac OS X 10.4."

Jones presents a solid 24-page report, and it’s hard (though not impossible) to argue with his results.  Still, with anecdotal evidence of people jumping back to XP, and the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency’s recommendation that users never move away from it to begin with, Vista would appear to need work in a lot of other areas.

Meanwhile, reports are coming out that Service Pack 1 could be released before the beginning of April.

Microsoft: Vista (Comparatively) Invulnerable
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  • http://www.garfieldsinternetempires.com Samuel Garfield, Jr.

    I recently purchased a Gateway notebook, and Vista was already installed. I would like someone to explain to me why did they release Vista before the got it straight. I have Windows XP on my desktop, and it has served me well since it was released. There are a lot of things that I can do with XP that I can’t do with Vista. That’s like making the wagon (that’s behind) more reliable than the horse. If that was true, then I could understand the hype if it really out proformed the horse, but that’s not the case here. Vista is the worst operating system so far, as far as performance is concerned. Just try to do any streaming videos. I feel like the father who found that his son has a terminal desease that’s sopposedly passed down through generations, but even though no one esle in the family tree has it, he’s told that the son is an improvement compared to him. (Bummer) I think that Microsoft should get back to the drawing board, and don’t come back out until thay really do have a product that is really better than it’s predecessor.


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