Just as Microsoft gained some points when it turned out that

the Redmond Giant was providing

great assistance behind the scenes to the police in tracking down international

kiddie port criminals, they dropped the ball on their core software.


Microsoft has delayed the release of the next generation Vista
OS into next year.


Could this drive more PC makers to selling hardware with

some flavor of *nix installed rather than see a flood of complaints when buyers

are told they need to upgrade to a new OS a month or two later?


I know I wouldn’t advise any clients to buy new office PCs

with XP Pro this fall when I know a major new OS will be released early in


 Meanwhile, Microsoft is checking out two new serious or critical flaws in IE6.

More on that as things develop.