Vista emphasizes security over compatibility

Micfrosoft's Windows Vista operating system may have sacrificed compatibility with third party applications in favor of security.

At their companies' launch event for the new version of Windows today, Microsoft representatives said that security was a greater issue to their customers than making sure applications ran reliably on the operating system.  

'Every single time we had a trade-off between security and application compatibility, we went security,'said Bill Veghte, corporate vice president for Microsoft North America in sales, marketing and services. The new version of Windows rolled out today nationwide.

Veghte said that the feedback from customers drove them to make many XP-optional security measures default in Vista. Windows Firewall, for example, used to run default as off in XP due to the possibility that the firewall might block the functionality of pages and web applications. The firewall is now on by default.

To compensate for any problems with applications, Vista includes several troubleshooting tools to track and hopefully update non-functioning programs.

The application compatibility tool allows users to track the number of times programs crash and hang across the enterprise and through Microsoft. Microsoft applications can be updated from the tool. Microsoft Office 2007 has its own diagnostic application to check the integrity of individual functions and update or repair them when necessary..

Another tool diagnostic tool called reliability monitor which keeps track of how often applications, hardware and installation fail.

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