Not that Vista doesn't pack a useful, powerful punch, but Microsoft's struggle in readying this next
iteration of Windows has come to symbolize the software giant's struggle's to adapt to the faster-moving world of the Web.
We're now well over a year after Bill Gates announced that
Microsoft needed to undergo a monumental business shift in the direction of ad-supported, Web-based applications in order to compete with the Google. Yet Microsoft is still heavily reliant on software
applications, like Windows (now Vista) and Microsoft Office, which also comes out in a new version today.
The biggest challenge Microsoft faces with Vista doesn't come from Google or Linux-based systems, but users themselves. Why should they upgrade? Many consumers and businesses won't--not until the time comes for a new PC--which is why sales of new versions of Windows don't usually pick up for a few years.