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Debunking 15 Myths About Microsoft

ChannelWeb picked 15 common beliefs about Microsoft and gave channel partners the opportunity to explain why they're more fiction than fact.

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Windows Vista Is A Bird That Can't Fly

Lee Nicholls, global solutions director for Microsoft Technologies at Getronics, a global, $3.4 billion IT services company and Microsoft Gold partner, believes the problems that have plagued Vista have more to do with marketing than technological shortcomings.

"Microsoft did a really bad job of communicating the enterprise value of Vista when it was launched. There is lots of value to the OS that didn't get communicated," said Nicholls.

Security is not a selling point, but a requirement, and Microsoft seems to have lost sight of this reality with its marketing of Vista, according to Nicholls.

Todd Swank, vice president of marketing at Nor-Tech, a Burnsville, Minn.-based system builder, says much of the criticism of Vista is unfounded. "It's so easy for everyone to bash Vista, and people have it in their heads that Vista sucks. But Microsoft has been working hard to iron out the kinks," said Swank.

"We're running into software products that are not ready for Vista, but is this a Microsoft problem? Of course not. The ISV community had the opportunity to play with the betas [of Vista]," said Stuart Crawford, director of business development for Canadian IT services firm IT Matters.

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