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Chip giants, others, at odds over Vista

By Paul McNamara on Fri, 03/09/07 - 8:27am. blogger Robert McLaws draws an interesting contrast between the Vista deployment stances of chip giants Intel and AMD, the latter of which is revealed in what is purported to be an internal company memo. They are by no means the only ones seeing Vista in completely different lights.

In a nutshell: AMD can't wait; Intel can, which McLaws calls "irresponsible."

"I know of no organization doing an upgrade before SP1," Intel CEO Paul Otellini was quoted as saying earlier this week. "Intel isn't upgrading either (until SP1)."

That position sticks in McLaws craw:

Intel is the world's largest processor company. How can they optimize their experience for Vista if they're not going through the same pains we are? It's no wonder Intel STILL doesn't have Viiv drivers for x64, and why we're still waiting for other Vista drivers from their teams. Why is Viiv taking so long? Half the Viiv technology is built in .NET, which we already know runs on x64? They're setting a terrible example for the industry.

As for AMD:

I mean, it's a position that is light-years apart from Intel. My source tells me that AMD had groups of Microsoft consultants come in and advise them about a rollout plan that would make the most sense to them, and they're in the middle of executing that plan. Vista is being deployed at AMD from the top-down, with about 100 users (most of the AMD executives, plus others) using it right now, with many others coming online soon. He said that those people have been running Vista & Office 2007 since September, and that "satisfaction has been high while reported issues have been very low".

So how's Vista doing otherwise? ... Depends on who's doing the talking.

Survey results from IDC and Forrester have this writer talking about Vista covering a quarter of the PC market as soon as April. ... If anyone's taking bets on that I'd like a piece of the "no way" action.

Much has been made of a U.S. Department of Transportation decision to put the brakes on any Vista rollout within that vast bureaucracy. Microsoft even offered a response to that one.

Dell is bullish. So, too, Acer.

In Japan, not so much.

Wherever your organization stands in its Vista decision-making process - unless it's dead-set against - you may find useful a pair of resources:

First, there is this accounting of six free tools from Microsoft that are designed to help with a Vista rollout.

And then there's this collection of white papers from Symantec that delve into the security issues surrounding Vista.

Network World's complete Vista archive can be found here.