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The FUD is flying!

For years, the IT community has accused Microsoft of spreading "FUD" (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) about their competitor's solutions. But it looks like that the FUD has been flying back the other way, with some industry analysts hypothesising that the new IP features in Windows Vista will bring the Internet to it's knees with an overload of traffic.

For years, the IT community has accused Microsoft of spreading "FUD" (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) about their competitor's solutions. But it looks like that the FUD has been flying back the other way, with some industry analysts hypothesising that the new IP features in Windows Vista will bring the Internet to it's knees with an overload of traffic.



The claims are based on Vista's use of IPv6 and are outlined in this article on Builder AU's sister site in the US, CNET's News.com. The claims are soundly refuted, not only from Microsoft but from a number of industry figures and independent sources.



So why is this story still making the rounds? First off, everyone likes to bag Windows... in the IT community, it seems to be a common past-time. Second, it is difficult sometimes to sort out what is the truth and what is the PR spin. I talked to someone earlier today who thought it might be poetic justice after all the FUD that Microsoft has spread over the years. Personally, I think it may make Microsoft think twice before spreading their own FUD in the future, as a little bit of FUD goes a long way!

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