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[News] [Rival] Windows Vista Rejected Even When It's Free

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Pirates prefer Windows XP over Vista, says Microsoft

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| Software counterfeiters pass on Windows Vista and instead prefer to pirate 
| Windows XP, a Microsoft Corp. attorney said today, outlining a practice that 
| tracks with the leanings of many of the company's customers.  
| While explaining the "Global Anti-Piracy Day" educational and enforcement 
| effort Microsoft launched today, Bonnie MacNaughton, a senior attorney with 
| the company, acknowledged that pirates prefer Windows XP over Vista.   



Microsoft Partners: Use Of Downgrade Rights Is Surging

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| Downgrade rights, which are only available through volume licensing, have 
| existed for more than a decade with Office, and since 2001 for Windows. But 
| system builders and other Microsoft partners say they're witnessing a large 
| and growing number of customers exercising downgrade rights to roll back 
| Windows Vista to XP Professional, and Office 2007 to Office 2003.    


Acer: PC industry 'disappointed' with Vista

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| Acer president Gianfranco Lanci became the first major PC manufacturer to 
| openly attack Microsoft over the Windows Vista operating system in the 
| Financial Times Deutschland on Monday.  
| Lanci said the operating system was riddled with problems and gave users and 
| businesses no reason to buy a new PC, according to the report. Taiwan-based 
| Acer is the world's fourth-largest PC manufacturer, after HP, Dell and 
| Lenovo. 
| "The whole industry is disappointed with Windows Vista," Lanci said. 


Dell casts doubts on Vista

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| Dell today revealed that it will restore the option to use Windows XP on
| some of its home systems, marking a potentially damaging blow to
| Microsoft's hopes for the newer Windows Vista.
| [...]
| While a popular request through the company's IdeaStorm website, the
| choice was substantially outnumbered by requests for pre-installed
| Linux, US-based technical support, and other features -- pointing to a 
| larger general demand for the change. The turnaround may be a reflection of 
| an overall backlash against Vista, observed IDC analyst Richard Shim.


Why Microsoft's ribbon sucks

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| Bottom line, I have a lot of respect for Microsoft and many of the 
| outstanding people that work there (e.g. Bill Buxton). 
| But the new ribbon sucks.
| I've been using it daily for months (Word, Powerpoint, Excel), and I 
| consistently stumble on the same functions over and over again. I doubt I 
| will ever master it. And I'm an interface designer!  


July 1: No more Office 2003 for OEMs

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| It’s only been six months since Microsoft launched Office 2007 at retail. But 
| as of July 1, 2007,  Microsoft won’t be making the OEM version of Office 2003 
| to its PC partners, a k a “OEMs.”  
| [...]
| Microsoft has told OEMs that they must stop selling Windows XP preloaded on 
| machines as of January 29, 2008. Retailers also are required to stop selling 
| XP on that date.   

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