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[News] [Rival] Vista Called a Pig, Microsoft Advertises Windows Using UNIX

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You can put lipstick on a pig but it's still Vista

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| Speaking as someone who prefers the Linux desktop, and, proprietary software 
| and all, is overly fond of Macs, I have to once again say: "Thanks 
| Microsoft." Without you the Mac and mini-PCs like the Sylvania G Netbook, the 
| HP 2133 Mini-Note PC, the Acer Aspire and the Asus Eee PC 1000 we recently 
| reviewed, which are Linux powered wouldn't have had such a great chance to 
| make major big gains in the desktop market.     
| With how Microsoft is mishandling both its desktop advertising and its actual 
| Windows operating system, I see more and more hope that Windows' desktop 
| monopoly is finally coming to an end.  


Microsoft’s ‘I’m a PC’ Ads Created On Macs

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| In 2003, Microsoft fired an employee who posted a photo of new PowerMac G5 
| systems being delivered to the company onto his blog. 
| At the same time, the company has no problem showing the vast numbers of Macs 
| it buys to test builds of Office for Mac within the MacBU. Microsoft is 
| apparently still the largest Mac developer outside of Apple.  



Microsoft’s Windows 95 Architect Is a Happy Mac Convert

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| Based in Bellevue, WA — right next to Microsoft’s home turf of Redmond —
| Satoshi spent nearly 14 years at Microsoft, serving as the software architect
| of Windows 95 and 98. He also oversaw the development of Internet Explorer
| 3.0 and 4.0. While at Microsoft, he developed the third largest portfolio of
| intellectual property of any employee at the company, according to his bio.



Allchin's 'Buy a Mac' E-Mail Exposed

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| "I must tell you everything in my soul tells me that we should do
| what I called plan (b) yesterday. We need a simple fast storage
| system. LH [Longhorn] is a pig and I don't see any solution to this
| problem. If we are to rise to the challenge of Linux and Apple, we
|                               ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| need to start taking the lessons of 'scenario, simple, fast' to
| heart. Jim"


Microsoft admits Vista screwed - report

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| Vista SP1 is code named "Fiji", presumably after a pretty looking
| island which is paralysed by coups.
| In a statement regarding the service pack Microsoft admits that
| Vista has "high impact" problems.


Vista marketing chief to bid Microsoft adieu

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| Michael Sievert, Corporate Vice President for Windows Product Marketing, is
| moving on, according to multiple sources of mine.
| It’s hard to make the case that Sievert, who was responsible for the
| worldwide introduction of Windows Vista, isn’t being pushed for the
| less-than-enthusiastic public perception of Microsoft’s latest version of
| Windows. Even though Microsoft has moved 100-million-plus copies of Vista,
| many consumers and businesses still consider the new release buggy, sluggish
| and incompatible with existing software and drivers.    


Microsoft's Vista Blogger Quits As Redmond Exodus Builds

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| White did not provide a reason for his decision. To be sure, his position
| could not have been an easy one. White's posts often elicited hundreds of
| responses from Vista users complaining about the operating system's numerous
| glitches and quirks.
| His departure also raises questions about Microsoft's ability to retain
| talent in the Web 2.0 world.
| [...]
| Earlier this year, Microsoft Business Division president Jeff Raikes said he
| would retire in September, to be replaced by former Juniper Networks chief
| operating officer Stephen Elop.
| Microsoft's merger and acquisitions chief Bruce Jaffe stepped down at the end
| of February.
| To boot, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates will give up full-time duties at the
| company in July.
| The departures highlight one of Microsoft's biggest challenges as a mature
| company: attracting and retaining Silicon Valley's top talent. In its early
| days, Microsoft could entice recruits with an entrepreneurial environment and
| stock options that eventually turned secretaries into millionaires.

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