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Windows Vista Compatibility Watch

It's now been two weeks since Windows Vista arrived in stores and on new PCs--and several months since Microsoft wrapped up development of this new operating system--but that doesn't mean that developers of Windows programs have updated all their software to function correctly in Vista.

Some programs--not just the obvious candidates like old anti-virus programs--don't work at all, such as pre-2007 releases of Intuit's QuickBooks accounting software and Citibank's "virtual account numbers" program and the entire catalog of ZoneAlarm's current security programs.

Others need some updates to function properly: iTunes, Palm Desktop, some HP driver software for its printer/scanner devices, and AOL's AIM instant-messaging program.

I realize that a new operating system is a complex thing to adjust to, but c'mon--these companies have had years to get ready for Vista! It's one of the most delayed releases in the history of Microsoft. What have they been waiting for? (Note how developers for a competing operating system have been able to get through a much more difficult transition with far less advance notice.)

One of my colleagues, thoroughly annoyed after debugging a new copy of Vista, phrased things a little more bluntly in an e-mail: "Any CEO in this industry who doesn't already have a Vista update tested and ready for anything his company shipped within the past two years should just be summarily fired."

What programs are giving you trouble in Vista? Got any tips to share about making them work? Let me know in the comments.

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 13, 2007; 2:27 PM ET
Categories:  Windows  
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