The Vista future isn't Orange

The Vista future isn't Orange

Summary: I'm off on holiday tomorrow (hurrah!), and like a sad geek (sorry, technology journalist), I thought I'd take an ultraportable notebook and a 3G datacard along with me — just to keep in touch with news and current affairs, you understand.

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I'm off on holiday tomorrow (hurrah!), and like a sad geek (sorry, technology journalist), I thought I'd take an ultraportable notebook and a 3G datacard along with me — just to keep in touch with news and current affairs, you understand. Now, as Reviews Editor, I get to see quite a few nice ultraportables, and a suitable one presents itself in the shape of Sony's G-series VAIO.

Trouble is, the VAIO runs that new-fangled Windows Vista OS — which has only been widely available for, oh, about seven months. That, and the fact that my 3G datacard is Orange's Option GlobeTrotter Fusion, for which there are currently no Vista drivers. Now it's true that Orange has discontinued the Fusion card, and it's also true that the newer Sierra Wireless Aircard 850 does work under Vista. But that's no comfort to the many early adopters who purchased the Option card and have subsequently got themselves a Vista notebook (something an early adopter is quite likely to have done). Orange also clearly states that existing Fusion customers 'will continue to be supported'. Shame that doesn't include Vista support.

Orange's customer services confirmed that Vista drivers had been expected from Option in July, but had no information on a likely delivery date, and no constructive advice for Fusion customers with Vista notebooks.

So, sadly, it looks like my old GlobeTrotter isn't going to get to go on holiday and experience a new(ish) Vista. Let me know if you've had a similar experience.

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Charles has been in tech publishing since the late 1980s, starting with Reed's Practical Computing, then moving to Ziff-Davis to help launch the UK version of PC Magazine in 1992. ZDNet came looking for a Reviews Editor in 2000, and he's been here ever since.

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  • The Vista future isn't Orange

    Ouch! - that is a really poor show from Orange not to support Vista. To make matters worse - the 3 products you are trying to intergrate are all relatively recent launches from the respective vendors. This example only serves to add fuel to the image of vendors trying to exploit the goodwill of early adopters.

    I am also slightly surprised that Sony have not incorporated an in-built SIM within the design of the ultra-portable you are using. That was a striking feature of the Samsung ultra portable that you video-reviewed a while back - are more manufacturers set to follow Samsung's example or are they relying on wireless to be sufficient?

    James B-c7f32