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[News] [Rival] The Cat Out the Bag: Vista 7 is Just Vista Flavour

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Meet the New Windows, Same as the Old Windows

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| For all its problems, and Microsoft is facing many on a number of fronts 
| these days, it still remains a formidable company with huge cash reserves. 
| This means they can dazzle us with presentations and fancy conferences. They 
| can trot out the company's stars to mix and mingle with the technology 
| industry and press glitterai. They can show off new technology in the comfort 
| of their own playground surrounded by big screens and fancy presentations. 
| But you can't judge any product from any company based on what they tell you 
| at a marketing convention with the hype machine in high gear. You can only 
| trust what you see in your own lab under your unique conditions. That's why 
| Kennedy's research is so important.         



The Next Windows: 7Up or New Vista?

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| All things considered, I'd rather stick with my Linux desktops and Mac OS X.
| Windows 7 looks to be better than Vista right now, but no one knows when it
| will actually arrive , and in the meantime, I have work to do. But the fact
| is, like New Coke back in its day, my first taste of Vista SE is leaving a
| bad taste in my mouth.


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.

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