“Microsoft Corp.’s newest operating system, Vista, has been relegated to waterboy status at the 2008 Olympic Games, while wireless networking won’t even play a supporting role in Beijing,” Dan Nystedt reports for IDG News Service.

“Windows XP was chosen to run on all PCs handling chores vital to the Olympic Games and has been installed on most of the PCs delivered by Lenovo Group Ltd. Vista will be used only on PCs in Internet lounges set up for athletes to use during the games,” Nystedt reports.

“Lenovo [is] the official computing sponsor of the games… All software and other IT choices made for the games came from The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad,” Nystedt reports.

Nystedt reports, “The Olympic Games require mature, stable technologies, said Yang Yuanqing, chairman of Lenovo, during a briefing in Beijing. The Olympic Games aren’t a place to try new technologies because of the size and importance of the event, he said. Everything must work smoothly. ‘If it’s not stable, it could have some problems,’ he said.”

“‘At the Olympics, we need the most reliable and stable system,’ said Leon Xie, director of Olympic technology and sponsorship at Lenovo,” Nystedt reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Another ringing endorsement for Vista. Fact: if they really wanted the most reliable and stable system, they would have chosen Apple Macs over Lenovo PCs to begin with, but, we get it: Lenovo is a Chinese company, the Olympics are in China, etc. What’re ya gonna do? This is a great reminder that if you make a bad decision at the outset, your problems will just snowball. The modern Olympics… with a 7-year-old OS. Sheesh.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers too numerous to mention for the heads up.]