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[News] [Rival] Op-Ed: Microsoft's Latest Operating System Unfit for Use

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Umberto Eco on downgrading from Vista to XP!

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| People who only understand English should refer to a quick presentation in a 
| press review: «Umberto Eco has long believed that technology is regressing 
| and progress is looping back on itself. Microsoft has added the latest fuel 
| to this theory and now PC-consumer Eco wants to abandon his problem-ridden 
| Windows Vista and revert to good old XP. A move that comes at a price, he 
| discovers: "Downgrading is the chance to treat your own computer to some old 
| programmes. And pay for the pleasure. Before this wonderful neologism was 
| invented online, under the noun 'downgrade' in your average Italian-English 
| dictionary, you would also find downfall, decline or reduced version, whereas 
| the verb was followed by retreat, reduce and devalue. In other words we are 
| being offered to invest not insubstantial amount of times and money in 
| devaluing and reducing something for which we have already paid a not 
| insubstantial sum. This would sound fantastical were it not true."»            


Microsoft is stuck. Vista 7 is just Vista with a gown.


The sound of empire falling

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| There’s another problem. Vista is so dead that Microsoft is already touting
| its successor “System 7". Not end-of-lifing XP on schedule means they’ll
| actually have to support three different operating systems for at least the
| years until System 7 ships, and some time afterward. Even Microsoft is going
| to feel the strain, and ISVs are likely to play safe by writing to the
| minimum (XP) specification.


Deja Vista?

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| Yet when InfoWorld gave Windows 7 a through benchmarking and shakedown, the
| result was the same ill foreboding that accompanied pre-release Vista (and
| proved all too accurate).


Windows 7 doomed by economic outlook

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| Microsoft CEO, the shy and retiring, softly spoken Steve Ballmer admitted
| that this was happening and seems to be slowly walking away from Vista.
| [...]
| It could be that this will be the moment for Linux to make its long awaited
| rise to fame. If firms want to cut costs but upgrade hardware then Linux
| ideas are probably the only way to go forward. Indeed some companies will be
| able to keep their older hardware for a bit longer.


Windows 7’s biggest threat: journalists

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| ZDNET.MICROSOFT.COM, Blogosphere.NET, Wednesday (NNGadget) — As Microsoft
| continues to prepare for the 2009 2010 launch of Windows 7, it today issued a
| plea through its network of objective opinion-shapers: Don’t let the
| journalists near it.
| Microsoft MSDN software disk scarecrow in cornfield“We understand that many
| journalists use Macs,” said CNet marketing marketer Don Reisinger. “This
| means they necessarily suckle at the Satanic rear passage of Steve Jobs. We
| cannot countenance their bias. Journalists are responsible for all those
| signs outside computer shops offering to replace Vista with XP. When was the
| last time you saw the entire technology field stop and wait for an
| announcement from any other company besides Apple? It’s so unfair!”


Windows 7 Unmasked

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| But after the stage props came down, and after the projectors finally went
| cold, attendees were left with a pre-beta copy of something that looked less
| like a new OS than the repackaging of an old one. At least that was my
| impression after I started exploring the Windows 7 M3 (Milestone 3) bits that
| came on my shiny new 160GB Western Digital USB hard disk (one of the better
| tchotchkes I've received at a conference). As I reported on my Enterprise
| Desktop blog, the more I dug into Windows 7, the more I saw an OS that looked
| and felt like a slightly tweaked version of Windows Vista.
| [...]
| Just what was so new about Microsoft's next Windows, apart from a rejuggled
| UI? Windows 7 appeared to suck memory like Vista, to consume CPU like Vista,
| and to have the same consumer focus. How would this product be received by
| enterprise customers, the vast majority of whom had soundly rejected its
| predecessor? After all, if Vista wasn't good enough for big business, then
| surely a Vista-derived encore would meet with a similarly chilly reception.
| [...]
| Otherwise, Windows 7 operates much like Vista. There are subtle visual tweaks
| here and there, but nothing on the level of the dramatic XP-to-Vista
| transition. Ironically, Vista users may be more annoyed by the UI changes
| than users coming from XP. Because the Windows 7 and Vista Aero experiences
| are so similar, seasoned users of Vista will be more likely to look in the
| wrong places for common functions. By contrast, XP users won't be burdened
| with now-outdated Aero navigation skills.


Re:Actually, maybe not fair

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| Based on the announcements on Windows 7 and the reviews I thought too that
| they had improved the performance of Windows 7 vs. Vista. Then I found an
| article by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols that might explain the "glowing" reviews
| at Microsoft's PDC. It seems that Microsoft may have permanently "loaned"
| $2,000 laptops with 2.4GHz Intel dual cores + 3GB ram to the "reviewers" to
| review Windows 7. If so, that's not the first time they tried that stunt
| (Vista was the first that I recall). So in the answer to the question, "Can a
| leopard change its spots?" if the above is correct then the answer in
| Microsoft's case seems to be "No."


Microsoft bribes again?

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| But, if as appears may be the case Microsoft is letting people have Dell XPS
| M1330 laptops with 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processors and 3GBs of RAM
| on 'indefinite loans (wink, wink) then it's a bribe in my book. What do you
| think? If you knew someone had been given a PC with a list price of $1,956
| and then wrote nice things about the operating system that came with it would
| you be inclined to think that they might be just a wee bit influenced by the
| almost two grand worth of computer?


Blacklisted by Microsoft!

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| Basically, they blacklisted me from certain super-secret (i.e.
| pre-conference, NDA, off-the books) sessions at their Professional Developer
| Conference (PDC) –- this after formally inviting me to attend those sessions
| as an "esteemed reviewer" representing InfoWorld.
| [...]
| Oct. 9, 2008 -- A short while later, I get my first hit. It seems that the
| whole mess started when the Windows Server team made the mistake of inviting
| yours truly to an event hosted by the Windows Client team. Apparently, the
| folks on the Server team were unaware of my decidedly negative views towards
| Vista, and when the Client folks found out they had invited Randall C.
| Kennedy -– a.k.a. Vista's most vocal and effective critic -– to their
| special, "for fanbois only" (nice photos, Paul) shindig, they went ballistic.
| First, it appears that someone high up on the Client Team (Steve?) really
| doesn't like me. I mean, really, truly loathes me. And it's not just your
| run-of-the-mill frustration with a journalist who picks on them. This thing
| is personal, and the executive in question is allowing his or her personal
| feelings to spill over into the company's handling of formal press relations
| with InfoWorld.



PC Mag May Boycott Edelman PR

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| Transparency is a word that's been kicked around a lot lately. But
| too much transparency is what got Edelman PR pro and blogebrity
| Steve Rubel kicked around this week, instead. An early Friday
| 13th comment about PC Magazine is fueling a potential boycott,
| as well as fulfilling what the PR world had feared about blogging.


Bribing Bloggers

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| It's a bribe. Period. You say nice things about us, you get nice
| things from us. Heck, just say neutral things about us-we'll give
| you a killer new laptop and we know that you'll be inclined to say
| better things about us.


Microsoft Sent A Free Laptop With Windows Vista

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| I'm not sure how I was selected to be one of the people receiving this
| (I'm assuming there are others, but I haven't come across any yet).
| It could be that they are reaching out to bloggers who are Mac users
| (I switched to a Mac back when OS X came out) or it might just be that
| people I know who work for Microsoft or other influential bloggers
| recommended me


Microsoft Traps and Hunts for Bloggers in India !!

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| Microsoft has announced the "Microsoft BlogStars" contest, to Hunts
| for Developer Bloggers in India. After feeling the power and increase of
| the Bloggers community in India, Microsoft tries to trap and hunt Bloggers
| in India to buildup the blogging community, for writing blog posts
| supporting towards Microsoft Technologies.

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