Last week came the first proof that Peter Gutmann's thesis is not FUD [fear uncertainty doubt]. The computer science professor from the University of New Zealand describes how the Vista operating system is fundamentally flawed.
All over the world, at the same time on December 31, the same Media Center tv tuner feature in Vista RC1 [release candidate 1] beta simultaneously stopped working. The problem is not with the tv tuner component, reports Ina Fried of CNET, but with two subcomponents, MPEG2 decoder and Dolby Digital 5.1. Microsoft had paid royalties for licenses to use these subcomponents only until 31 December. They will not be reactivated in RC1.
The problem affects as many as five million computers, including those using third-party tv tuners from nVidia and Cyberlink. "I can see now why people go for the bootleg versions of software. I have done everything correct, I registered for the Beta program and downloaded from the Microsoft Web Site, and now I can't use the software I wanted to use," says Andy Rodon on the Windows Vista newsgroup.
This is the first timebomb to go off in Vista, and Microsoft did not warn its customers ahead of time.
How often might your business be disrupted by this sort of Microsoft-induced instability?
Other problems being reported by Vista users: