Waiting for Windows
Forget Windows Vista. Maybe Microsoft should call the oft-delayed upgrade Windows 2008. Officially, Microsoft says Vista will ship preinstalled on PCs in early 2007. But Gartner is warning enterprises that the upgrade may face further delays.
Microsoft insists Vista’s delivery schedule remains unchanged. Even so, the software giant continues to rethink the operating system’s feature set. One case in point: Contrary to Microsoft’s original strategy, Vista won’t include native support for RSA Security’s tokens. That’s too bad for enterprises and security VARs. Some progressive businesses, such as Citibank, have embraced token security. But many other companies won’t follow suit until the authentication technology becomes a mainstream offering in Windows.