- Fewer install hassles--let others learn the hard way and smooth it out for you.
- Lower software costs--avoid premiums [and headaches] on new versions.
- Reduced learning curve--if your users get Vista on their home PCs in the first half of 2007 they'll be training themselves.
- Reduced learning costs--as Vista training becomes commoditized.
- Hardware savings--the Vista delay (>2 years) has created a huge hardware surplus.
- Cut analyst bills--don't pay a dime to anyone who told you Vista was on track and early adoption was a good thing.
- shipped far too late but much too soon,
- more trouble than it's worth,
- often followed by successive versions which actually deliver on the original promises.
About the only redeeming qualities Microsoft can rightfully claim right now is the relative stability of XP and the massive philanthropy of its founder.