Analysts from Gartner are warning business users away from Windows Vista at least until 2008, claiming that the state-of-the-art OS offers the business user only incremental improvements, but many complications. They only recommend installing the OS on new machines, and claim that a two year bedding-in period is required. The company also claims that the new searching technologies that Microsoft is claiming Vista will offer are already available from other vendors, including technology from Google.

Gartner says Internet Explorer 7 will have better security - to cut defections to Firefox. It also offers a personal firewall which was welcomed by Gartner but the analysts said laptop users should have at least a decent firewall protecting their machines already.