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Industry waits for the January 30th Vista

Business? No, pleasure
Thu Nov 30 2006, 11:46
WE SPOKE with many industry people about Vista. We talked with a graphics company executive, memory company executives and a lot of industry insiders. They all share the same conclusion.

Microsoft ista that launches today is not the real McCoy. Business users are not that fast to upgrade and not too many early birds will catch this new OS worm. Therefore graphic guys actually can afford to be late with graphic drivers. The real target is January 30th.

Everything has to be ready for that date. ATI, for example, did great work with its Direct 3D drivers and most of the games works now under Vista 32 bit, but it is not yet ready to show off the OpenGL driver. Crossfire support is working but inside the elvish ATI shop. It is still not as polished as ATI wants it to be.

Memory chaps expect a real memory boom in January or late December for the Yule shopping madness and there might be a necessity for more than two GBs once Vista is out. They are ready to take the next step. They hope.

So even Microsoft doesn't want to make too much noise about today's launch. Microsoft PR lads told us to hold our horses for at least a few more weeks for review copies. It's beyond me how they expect to make people really want Vista on the January 30th.We need to see what it is made off, and we are struggling to show it to you without any Volish support, needless to say. µ


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