Intel not making the move to Windows Vista
The person, who has been briefed on the situation but requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of Intel?s relationship with Microsoft, said the company made its decision after a lengthy analysis by its internal technology staff of the costs and potential benefits of moving to Windows Vista, which has drawn fire from many customers as a buggy, bloated program that requires costly hardware upgrades to run smoothly.
?This isn?t a matter of dissing Microsoft, but Intel information technology staff just found no compelling case for adopting Vista,? the person said.
An Intel spokesman said the company was testing and deploying Vista in certain departments, but not across the company.
Intel?s decision is certain to sting Microsoft because the two companies have worked closely to align hardware and software from the earliest days of the personal computer. Indeed, the corporate duo is known as ?Wintel? in the PC industry.
Could Intel change its mind? Quite possibly. Microsoft?s chief executive, Steven Ballmer, has few equals as a forceful, persuasive salesman, and he and Paul Otellini, Intel?s chief executive, meet regularly.