Vista Compatibility: What Does Microsoft Owe Us?

Opinion: What is the real compatibility picture for Windows Vista? It's hard to tell with no public sighting of a compatibility list. Microsoft is pushing virtualization—but the acceptance of that approach remains to be seen. Still, some say Microsoft and even Apple could be doing a better job on the downward compatibility front.

Despite the rosy outlook sounded by Windows Vista true believers, the compatibility picture for Vista is blurry at best. How Microsoft's next-generation operating system will deal with the data and apps of previous generations must be near the top of the transition checklist for IT managers. At the same time, other voices with long experience in the industry ask if the Vista rollout really has to be done this way? They predict that the day may be coming when customers stand up and yell that they're not going to take this anymore.

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