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Software Partners Say They'll Cope With Vista Delay

Microsoft's delay in widespread Windows Vista availability won't hit software partners as hard as hardware vendors.

Microsoft upstaged its own show on Tuesday, announcing its Windows Vista delay in the midst of Mix06, a conference dedicated to spotlighting an assortment of forthcoming Web development and design tools, many tightly linked to the tardy Vista operating system.

Early Vista adopters, like ISVs building applications based on the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) graphical subsystem at Vista's core, say they're comfortable waiting a few weeks longer or deploying beta versions. Systems integrators report that they haven't yet started planning Vista projects: Few large companies want to be on the bleeding edge of the upgrade cycle.

"I think any delays on WPF won't pose problems," said Andrew Whiddett, chief technologist for user-interface developer REZN8. "The advantages in using the platform far outweigh those scenarios. I prefer they get it right."

REZN8 showed off at Mix06 a 3D, rich-media application for branded sports content that is based on WPF. The firm's first project incorporating the application, an online Nascar portal, is slated to go live this summer. REZN8 is confident that slowed Vista adoption won't dim clients' enthusiasm for the rich-media projects some of the operating system's new features and developer hooks enable.

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