Microsoft is making life difficult for itself

No surprises as to what made the front page lead this week; Microsoft's consumer launch of Windows Vista is easily the biggest event of the week in the IT sector (even if Microsoft's Gulf operation has decided to hold the launch celebration a couple of weeks after other regions).

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By  Peter Branton Published  February 1, 2007

No surprises as to what made the front page lead this week; Microsoft's consumer launch of Windows Vista is easily the biggest event of the week in the IT sector (even if Microsoft's Gulf operation has decided to hold the launch celebration a couple of weeks after other regions).

There is also very little surprise that security concerns about the new OS have made headlines. Quite apart from the fact that Windows is always going to be the most targeted system because it is the most widely used, Microsoft has not really gone out of its way in the past year or so to build good relationships with firms in the security sector.

As Microsoft COO Kevin Turner (pictured) admitted on a visit to Dubai toward the end of last year, the company is keen to "monetise" security; having seen third-party software firms make a lot of money providing security for Windows, it now wants a piece of the pie.

However, by antagonising some of its former partners, Microsoft could be said to be making a rod for its own back: it should come as little surprise that firms have been queuing up to point out flaws in Vista.

Unfortunately for Microsoft, there will be flaws to be found - not because Vista has been badly put together but because, as one Microsoft executive admitted to us this week, no software program is ever perfect.

With chairman Bill Gates claiming this week that Vista is the most secure OS ever, some customers may just take him at his word; that will cause bad publicity for Microsoft if their systems suffer as a result.

For users, what matters is getting the safest possible environment at the best possible price; they won't care whom their money is going to so long as it is spent well.

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