“Companies shouldn’t rush to upgrade to Microsoft Windows Vista, according to analysts at Gartner, who believe most could safely hold back until 2008,” Colin Barker reports for CNET News.

MacDailyNews Take: Why not hold back on Windows Vista forever, if you’re really concerned about doing things safely? Mac OS X. Zero viruses. No spyware, adware, or malware. Five years and counting.

Barker continues, “The majority of improvements in Vista, the update scheduled to arrive in 2006, will be security-related and most of this functionality ‘is available via third-party products today,’ Gartner analysts said in a research note published on Friday.”

MacDailyNews Take: You mean the security-related improvements in Vista don’t work either, just like the ones available for Windows today?

Barker continues, “While Vista will ‘offer incremental, evolutionary improvements’ over its predecessors, Windows XP users should ‘pursue a strategy of managed diversity,’ the analysts recommended. That means they should only bring in Vista on new machines and that not until 2008.”

MacDailyNews Take: Why not practice real diversity and bring on a rock-solid, secure, truly advanced operating system: Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger? Or do you really love the Registry that’ll still be in Vista so much?

Barker continues, “In its research note titled ‘Ten reasons you should and shouldn’t care about Microsoft’s Windows Vista client,’ Gartner highlighted some of the weaknesses in Microsoft’s platform strategy… [One] Vista feature that Microsoft is emphasizing is its search capabilities. ‘Search is slow in Windows XP, and files, e-mail and calendar objects cannot be found with a single search,’ according to the research paper. Though Microsoft has tried to remedy this in Vista, ‘competent third-party desktop tools are already available’ from companies like Google, Gartner pointed out.”

MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger already contains “Spotlight” search technology bulit into the operating system. Why wait for 3-plus years to have what Mac users already have today? See Apple’s “Spotlight” in action via a QuickTime movie here.

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