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Unformatted text preview: 33 of 998 DOCUMENTS Copyright 2008 InfoWorld Media Group All Rights Reserved InfoWorld Daily News March 17, 2008 Monday LENGTH: 4109 words HEADLINE: Death match: Windows Vista versus XP BYLINE: By Randall C. Kennedy, BODY: So there you are, signing the "Save XP" petition, shaking your fist in triumph as you stick it to "the man." It's a lib- erating feeling. You've found the courage to buck the trend and jump off the Wintel upgrade treadmill. You feel em- powered, enlightened. But still, there are these nagging doubts. Can you really skip the Vista upgrade cycle? Will Windows XP still be properly supported by Microsoft and, as a primary development target, by third parties? Is there something we've missed, some hidden gotcha that's going to trip us up 12, 18, or 24 months from now? [ A third Windows desktop alternative has emerged for technical users. See "Weird, wild, wonderful Windows Workstation' 2008." ] Of course, there's no universal answer to the Vista upgrade question. Yes, in all likelihood you'll be just fine stick- ing with Windows XP at least until Windows 7 ships in 2009 or 2010. But let's not rush to universal judgment. Let's take a close, measured look at the key considerations, and compare Vista's merits against the state of XP on the essen- tial points that IT organizations and end-users care about. And if we can't solve this calmly and objectively, like fair- minded professionals, then let's at least have a good fight. Are you ready to rumble? OK, then. Operating systems, return to your corners, and come out swinging. Round 1: Security Round 2: Manageability Round 3: Reliability Round 4: Usability Round 5: Performance Round 6: Hardware compatibility Round 7: Microsoft software compatibility Round 8: Third-party software compatibility Round 9: Developer tools support Round 10: Future-proofing Round 1: Security Security is one of the first areas to come to mind when considering a Vista migration. Features such as UAC (User Account Control) and Internet Explorer Protected Mode have been making headlines for more than a year but not always in the context Microsoft would have wanted. UAC, in particular, has been savaged by critics who balk at its many annoying confirmation dialogs. Just try enabling or disabling multiple network connections quickly or moving a file into a protected folder. However, even with UAC which is really just a more visible, "in your face" implementation of the user account controls that have been built into Windows NT since day one Vista still isn't fully secure. There are documented ways around UAC involving Internet Explorer, security token privilege escalation, and the exploitation of the "deprecated ad- ministrator" status of the default Vista account model....
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