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Microsoft's Vista Compatibility Center Is Offline

As of Wednesday, visitors were greeted with the following message: "The Windows Vista Compatibility Center will be launching soon, please check back!"

Microsoft's online Windows Vista Compatibility Center remained unavailable to users a full day after the company formally introduced the site.

The Vista Compatibility Center, launched Tuesday at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference In Houston, is designed to let PC users verify whether their systems, peripherals, and applications will work properly with Microsoft's most current operating system.

As of Wednesday, visitors to the site -- which Microsoft cautioned was only launching in trial mode for the time being -- were greeted with the following message: "The Windows Vista Compatibility Center will be launching soon, please check back!"

Microsoft has high hopes for the site, once it's finally available. "Through this new compatibility tool, Microsoft will work to solicit continuous feedback from consumers and partners to ensure that their purchase and adoption experience remains positive long after their migration to Windows Vista," the company said in a statement.

If they migrate at all, that is.

Many businesses and consumers have decided to forego upgrading to Vista, in part due to the compatibility issues that Microsoft is trying to address with the launch of the Compatibility Center. PC users have also complained about Vista's resource requirements and intrusive security features.

That Microsoft is launching the Vista Compatibility Center a full year-and-a-half after Vista's January, 2007 debut indicates that the company has yet to fully resolve all of Vista's issues.

Microsoft, however, recently warned users who decide to wait until the company releases Windows 7 in 2010 to upgrade their PCs from Windows XP that they are only forestalling compatibility headaches. That's because Windows 7 is being built on the same code base as Windows Vista, so applications and devices that had compatibility problems with Vista will likely encounter the same glitches with Windows 7.

Microsoft was not immediately available to comment on the Compatibility Center site being unavailable.

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