VISTA complete with its long-awaited service pack was given a good kicking by venerable Windows XP with its new service pack.
A benchmarking exercise conducted by Florida-based software development company Devil Mountain Software showed that any improvements that Vista offered were more than outclassed by the venerable XP.
The report shows that Vista, both with and without SP1, was slower than XP with SP3. It took more than 80 seconds to complete the test, compared to XP's 35 seconds.
SP1 made little difference to Vista where as the beta SP3 back for XP made it 10 per cent faster.
The news will have Volish marketers tearing their hair and biting their rabbits. They have been hoping for a bit of good news with which to flog what is increasingly becoming a lame-duck operating system.
A year after Vista's launch only 13 per cent of businesses have adopted it.
Corporate vice president Mike Sievert sniffily told News.com that he didn't think the world was 100 percent ready for Windows Vista.
Still it is not all bad. Microsoft's biggest competition is still, er, Microsoft.
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