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[News] [Rival] Windows Vista Still Broadly Rejected

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Demand Still Strong For Vista-XP Downgrades

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| Although downgrade rights are part of the Vista EULA and have no expiration 
| date, Microsoft is currently scheduled to stop providing the media for  
| downgrades to OEMs on July 31, 2009. The Microsoft spokesperson said 
| customers will still be able to access their downgrade rights after that date 
| by contacting Microsoft, but didn't specify how that process would work.   
| "That's one of the most bizarre things I've ever heard," said one system 
| builder, who asked not to be named. "Can you imagine the kind of resources 
| Microsoft would have to allocate to handling downgrade rights phone calls? It 
| doesn't seem like that would make sense for them financially."    


Microsoft Extends XP Availability For Distributors

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| Distributors say the best part of the new arrangement is that they won't have 
| to take title to the reserved XP licenses until they're sold to an end user, 
| which helps them avoid having to sit on inventory for several months, which 
| is a major concern in a low-margin business.   



‘Vista blows’ says DirectX creator

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| Alex St John, one of the three engineers who developed DirectX, says he now
| wants to ‘slap’ Microsoft


Why I'm Skipping Windows Vista: IT Speaks Out

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| Also, Vista sales have fallen short of expectations lately: For the fiscal
| first quarter of 2009, Microsoft's Windows client division revenue increased
| a mere 2 percent in year-over-year growth, while operating income dropped by
| 4 percent.


Microsoft Tries Desperately to Turn the Page on Vista at PDC

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| It's clear that Microsoft has thrown in the towel on the woeful Vista. Maybe
| that's why Microsoft's love fest, aka the Professional Developers Conference
| (PDC) last week in Los Angeles, provided a 24/7 forum to discuss a future
| without Vista, but like a political convention (which it resembled), it's
| time to sweep up the confetti and take a clear-eyed look at what we
| witnessed.


Microsoft Is Giving Up on Windows

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| It's true: Microsoft has confirmed that it's abandoning Windows as we know
| it. Cagey as ever, the Microsofties won't say when it'll happen, but they
| have talked a little bit about what the next OS is going to look like--or not
| look like.
| [...]
| Midori for Linux?
| One of my smarter-than-me buddies, Gary F., told me that Linus Torvalds
| worked on something called Midori a few years ago, an embedded Linux for
| mobile devices: "I doubt Microsoft would ever release something that could be
| traced back to Linux, but if I recall correctly, Transmeta's Midori had some
| rudimentary 'cloud computing' features vaguely similar to Microsoft's
| Midori." Read "Details emerge on Transmeta's "Mobile Linux" and "Transmeta
| Exports Midori Linux to China" for details.

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