Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Jan 2006 18:47 UTC, submitted by glarepate
Windows Microsoft has shipped the first critical security update for Windows Vista, the next version of its flagship operating system. Over the weekend, the company released patches for beta testers running the Windows Vista December CTP and Windows Vista Beta 1, and warned that the new operating system was vulnerable to a remote code execution flaw in the Graphics Rendering Engine.
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I think changing things and dropping compatibility is a far greater flaw in the software industry than maintaining compatibility. Why, for instance, is everyone changing from the old big iron OSes like z/OS and VMS to UNIX when these older OSes have so many problems already solved? It's mostly because there were hardware tie-ins and the commodity hardware is just so much cheaper.

The software industry seems to just constantly reinvent the wheel just for the sake of selling new software, for whatever reason. Microsoft does this too, but their backwards compatibility story at least makes this less painful for their customers. Still, though, there is no reason corporate types should upgrade from Win2K if their environment just works. It's not like the new systems will offer them anything. But that alternative would be bad for MSFTs revenue stream.

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