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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.


Bribed bloggers hall of shame:

GeekPI Coverage of PDC

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| I’m attending a good number of the conferences at PDC, and as part of the
| media, was loaned a laptop with a certain operating system to take back to
| the geek-lair. Check back at 9 am PST to find out some surprising new facts
| about the new Windows 7. I’m pretty excited about it and I think you should
| too.
| Oh, and just a note, other than this loaner laptop, I receive zero
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| compensation from Microsoft (or from any other entity), my regular job is
| covering my travel expenses to the conference, and I receive no advertising
| dollars from this website. I do this just for the heck of it, and I really
| think the GeekPI coverage is going to put the rest of those ‘tech’ blogs to
| shame.


Windows 7 first look: A big fix for Vista

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| Along with several dozen other reviewers and analysts, we got our first real
| look at the OS, preinstalled on loaner notebooks, over the weekend at a
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| workshop on the eve of the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference.
| Microsoft planned to hand out installation discs later Tuesday, after the
| head of engineering for Windows and Windows Live, Steven Sinofsky, delivers
| his scheduled keynote formally introducing Windows 7 to PDC attendees. (We'll
| report on our experiences upgrading PCs from Vista to 7 later on.)


Windows 7 a Big Improvement over Vista

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| In the day and a half I’ve spent using Windows 7 on a Microsoft-provided Dell
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| XPS M1330 machine preinstalled with Build 6801 of the OS, I’ve found its
| polish and performance a world away from the first Longhorn build I tried out
| at PDC 2003. At this point, Windows 7 feels more like a second beta or an
| early release candidate than a developer conference sneak peek.


Windows 7 First Impressions: Hey, This Looks Pretty Good!

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| A few disclosures about the discussion of specific Windows 7 features that
| follows: So far, I’ve used Windows 7 for only a few hours, and only in
| preinstalled form on a Dell laptop loaned to me by Microsoft. The version of
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| the OS on that machine is missing some of W7’s most interesting features. (I
| created some of the images in this story, and others were provided to the
| press by Microsoft.) These are first impressions, not a formal review of a
| product that’s anywhere near finished.
| [...]
| But for what it’s worth, W7 loads quickly and feels pretty darn zippy on the
| Dell notebook Microsoft loaned me, which is unencumbered by third-party
| adware and junkware.


Windows 7 Walkthrough, Boot Video and Impressions

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| The feature will only work on Windows 7, so to test it I'd need a second
| loaner unit.
| ^^^^^^^^^^^


A first look at Windows 7’s pre-beta PDC release

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| Microsoft executives showed off the new Windows upgrade in a day-long series
| of demos on Sunday, doing their level best to impress a room full of
| journalists with a long list of new and improved features. At the end of the
| day, they loaned me a sleek new Lenovo X300 notebook running a recent build
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| of the OS so that I could test Windows 7 for myself.


Windows 7 In-Depth Overview and Screenshots: More About Pow than Wow

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| The sample system Microsoft loaned us, a Lenovo ThinkPad X300 with Windows 7
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| pre-beta installed, boots very quickly, but to see the boot time difference,
| we’re looking forward to trying both Vista and Windows 7 on a few different
| systems to see how things compare.


Windows 7 early promise: Passes the Vista test

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| A day spent with a Windows 7 preview build - Milestone 3, running on a laptop
| loaned for the purpose (Dell XPS M1330, Core 2 Duo 2.3Ghz, with 3GB RAM)
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| tends to confirm that view. Windows 7 feels more polished than Vista, even in
| the preview, and performance is good.


Windows 7 unveiled; hands on report

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| Here at PDC in Los Angeles, Microsoft’s Chief Architect Ray Ozzie and Windows
| VP Steven Sinofsky are introducing Windows 7.  A couple of days ago,
| journalists were loaned Windows 7 laptops to try and I’ve been using this
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| over the last day or so.



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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