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[News] [Rival] Vista Has Won!!! (Great Fiasco of the Year Award)

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| WINDOWS VISTA, out of the 6.403 people voting, 5.222 considered Microsoft's 
| Operating System a Great Fiasco. 


Vista wins the fiasco awards. Yay. Can Vista7 top that?


Microsoft tries to stop more ‘Vista-capable’ e-mails from going public

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| Microsoft is trying to put the kibosh on more of its internal (and 
| embarassing) e-mail messages around its Vista marketing plans going public. 
| [...]
| With every version of Windows, Microsoft has worked with hardware partners to 
| find new ways to try to convince users they need more and more powerful 
| machines to take advantage of more feature-rich software. If Microsoft and 
| its partners were/are successful, it means more money in the PC makers’ and 
| Microsoft’s coffers. With Vista, this pact really back-fired, as the already 
| published e-mails around Vista-capable — and more, as-yet-unpublicized 
| messages — will make evident.      


Microsoft challenges 'Vista Capable' class action

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| If granted, the motion would also postpone any new disclosures of potentially 
| embarrassing company e-mails. 


They Criticized Vista. And They Should Know.

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| Act 1: In 2005, Microsoft plans to say that only PCs that are properly 
| equipped to handle the heavy graphics demands of Vista are “Vista Ready.” 
| Act 2: In early 2006, Microsoft decides to drop the graphics-related hardware 
| requirement in order to avoid hurting Windows XP sales on low-end machines 
| while Vista is readied. (A customer could reasonably conclude that Microsoft 
| is saying, Buy Now, Upgrade Later.) A semantic adjustment is made: Instead of 
| saying that a PC is “Vista Ready,” which might convey the idea that, well, it 
| is ready to run Vista, a PC will be described as “Vista Capable,” which 
| supposedly signals that no promises are made about which version of Vista 
| will actually work.       
| The decision to drop the original hardware requirements is accompanied by 
| considerable internal protest. The minimum hardware configuration was set so 
| low that “even a piece of junk will qualify,” Anantha Kancherla, a Microsoft 
| program manager, said in an internal e-mail message among those recently 
| unsealed, adding, “It will be a complete tragedy if we allowed it.”    
| Act 3: In 2007, Vista is released in multiple versions, including “Home 
| Basic,” which lacks Vista’s distinctive graphics. This placed Microsoft’s 
| partners in an embarrassing position. Dell, which gave Microsoft a postmortem 
| report that was also included among court documents, dryly 
| remarked: “Customers did not understand what ‘Capable’ meant and expected 
| more than could/would be delivered.”     


Microsoft knew of Vista shortcoming prior to release


Microsoft dropped Vista hardware spec to raise Intel profits


Microsoft 'Caves' To Intel 


Has Vista lost all credibility?


E-mail: Microsoft 'botched' dealings with Intel, HP

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| Internal Microsoft e-mails revealed through a federal class-action lawsuit 
| arising from the troubled launch last year of the Windows Vista operating 
| system have provided a provocative inside look at the software giant's 
| machinations with Intel, HP and Dell.   
| The e-mails include an exchange in which one senior Microsoft executive 
| described dealings with computer makers as "really botched." Another manager 
| complained Microsoft was "caving to Intel" and "really burning HP."  
| The e-mails are included in 145 pages of documents unsealed by U.S. District 
| Judge Marsha Pechman in Seattle late Wednesday. They include internal 
| reports and some handwritten notes that offer a rare look inside at the 
| famed "Wintel" partnership, and touch upon the alliance's dealings with 
| Hewlett-Packard, Dell and other computer makers.    

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