Midnight tonight marks D-Day for Microsoft. That's when the software leviathan will finally release Vista, the long-awaited reincarnation of its Windows operating system (OS). Will the long wait and big investment pay off?
Silicon Valley correspondent and Tech Check blogger Jim Goldman quoted Microsoft founder Bill Gates as declaring that Vista offers much more than anything rival Apple Computer has brought to market, including the latter's Mac OS X system. But will much more be enough? Apple products' popularity seems to be reaching beyond its iPods and ostensible counterculture market: Goldman says that Apple has sold 1 million Macs in each of the last four quarters. And being implicitly forced to upgrade to Vista may create a dangerous gap: after all, once user complacency is smashed, they just might decide to switch to Mac OS X, famed for being virtually malware- and crash-free.