Now I’m not saying anyone should actually feel bad for Microsoft or anything like that, but the reaction to its new operating system, Vista, must be more than a little frustrating to the software giant. The old version, XP, is still performing well, and retailers have even requested that Microsoft keep it bundled in new computers for longer than originally planned. On top of that, an independent firm says that a planned upgrade to Vista still doesn’t perform as quickly as the latest version of XP. Oh, and then there are those Apple ads.

In other Microsoft news, the company is reportedly considering constructing a new data center in Siberia.—Gregory Mone