“It seems that Microsoft is already giving up on Vista and is setting up business users to switch from XP to Windows 7,” Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes for eWeek.

“Technically, Vista is pure misery. It eats system resources like an elephant does peanuts, Windows applications break and its so-called improved security is a joke. I know it. You know it. Even Microsoft’s most devoted yes-men know it–although they won’t admit it–and perhaps Microsoft knows it as well,” Vaughan-Nichols writes.

Vaughan-Nichols asks, “What else can explain why Microsoft is now leaking news about Windows 7, the next version of Windows?”

MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft said on Wednesday that “Windows 7” is still in the planning stage and will take three years to develop. And that’s before it starts slipping, Longhorn Vista-style. Moo. If you’re a freshman in college, you’ll have your bachelor’s degree (at least) before “Windows 7” ships (you know, the one that Microsoft hopes will finally be able to compete with Mac OS X Tiger, released April 29, 2005).

“Could Vista have missed its shot? Yes, yes, I know, how can I say this when there are tens of millions of copies of it out there? Easily. It’s one thing to drop copies of Vista Home Basic and Premium on Best Buy customers who don’t know any better. It’s another thing entirely to get CIOs and IT managers to spend—or should I say waste?—billions on Vista,” Vaughan-Nichols writes.

“For now, whether Microsoft likes it or not, XP, and not Vista, is the Windows those businesses will continue to use,” Vaughan-Nichols writes. “And the companies that want to move on to a truly better operating system? They’ll be moving to Linux or Mac OS.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft’s unending string of unfulfilled promises will be their ultimate downfall. More and more people are realizing that if they want something that works like a Mac, they should Get a Mac.