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Disadvantage"> Yankee Group contends that Microsoft has also put itself at a disadvantage by failing to invest sufficient effort into its partnership programs for ISVs, making it likely that additional third-party programs being built to run on Vista will need more development work before coming to market. Related delays could keep Vista-oriented products from arriving for as much as a year after the OS is introduced sometime in 2007, the report said.One of the major issues will be the way in which the security tools "fundamentally shift" the way that administrators interact with Vista, he said, in that people who were used to having almost unlimited access to desktop controls will find themselves more limited in their scope of authority. "Its not a step backward, but the features are going to cause some disruption in the manner that people work and will interfere with some peoples perceived ability to do their job in short term," said Jaquith. "If people had unfettered access to everything before, putting limits on that is going to be pretty jarring, but I think its something that Microsoft had to do in some way." So many viruses depend on their ability to take over computers Windows administrative controls in order to spread themselves that the feature should have success in slowing attacks and protecting corporate networks, the analyst said. In light of the issues surrounding Vistas security tools, Yankee Group is predicting that the software introduction will have a limited effect on the anti-malware applications industry, at least in the next year or two. Despite the added time to compete against Microsoft, researchers said that many providers of individual security technologies addressed by Vista, such as anti-spyware or anti-phishing filters, will likely consolidate to offer more integrated packages of defense software. Ziff Davis Media eSeminars invite: Join us on May 11 at 2 p.m. ET to learn critical best practices for e-mail and instant messaging applications, including tips on "hygiene" from Gartner. "Were telling enterprises, if youve got security controls in place and third-party packages that youre working with, keep using them, but Vista is eventually going to change the need for those," said Jaquith. "We feel companies should really wait until the end of 2007, or the beginning of 2008 at the very earliest to get into the work, as Microsoft will have likely issued a service pack by that time to address any major issues." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest security news, reviews and analysis. And for insights on security coverage around the Web, take a look at eWEEK.com Security Center Editor Larry Seltzers Weblog.
Jaquith said that Microsoft is headed in the right direction with its security work in Vista, but said he believes that it will take the company at least a year before it is able to make the features it has already added more digestible for administrators and end users.