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Vista here, but caution suggested to its users

Jan 24,2007
Microsoft’s Windows Vista goes on sale next Wednesday, but Koreans may want to wait before installing it in their computers.
According to tests conducted by the Information Ministry, many major Korean Web services and Korea-developed software did not work properly under the Vista operating system. Changes being made to Web sites will not be made in time for the Vista launch, it added.
“Vista has vamped security functions, which caused certain Internet security programs or video-streaming programs running on Web sites and software to crash,” said Seo Byeong-jo, head of the ministry’s information protection planning team.
Web operators have been working to upgrade their programs to support the high security standards of Vista, but some services will require one or two more months.
Most Web sites in relation to electronic trade are temporarily incompatible with Vista, such as online shopping malls and commercial banks.
Government services available through the Internet, such as home tax processing services, are also clashing with Vista and are being updated by each government organization. One problem is when a legal document will not print.
Portal sites and online games are working to get updates ready by late January or early February.
Flash animations, audio activation and video uploading have created problems.
In Hye-ran, a spokeswoman for Microsoft Korea, said that companies around the world began preparing for Vista, but that updates of Korean Web sites are taking longer than other countries because the software running on most sites requires a comparatively low level of security.
She said that lowering the security level on the platform’s settings was another option.
The ministry advised that consumers check Web sites carefully and know what is compatible before running Vista. If it is not, they are advised to wait a month or two.


By Wohn Dong-hee Staff Writer [wohn@joongang.co.kr]


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