I sent an email to the author of the article.
his response indicatesthat the article was a security list posting originally, and that it was written very early in the testing stages.

from what litle input he has gotten from vendors since this was published / posted, MS has actually been working on these issues.

I'm no fan of MS software, but I didn't think MS would be stupid enough to release something as bad as the article suggested. by knowing how bad it was [ with the information about it being early testing period for the article ] anyone that does buy vista won't be shocked when some stuff doesn't work right, or is unusable in quality. and they won't be upset if it isn't a large percentage of their existing software / media library they have to replace.