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Microsoft dumps Ultimate Extras from Windows 7

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| Ultimate Extras was among the elements Microsoft cited in the months leading 
| up to the early-2007 release of Windows Vista Ultimate to distinguish it from 
| lower-priced versions. According to Microsoft's marketing, Extras was to 
| be "cutting-edge programs, innovative services and unique publications" that 
| would be regularly offered only to users of Vista's highest-priced edition.    
| But users blasted Microsoft for the paltry number of add-ons it released and 
| its leisurely development pace. Just five months after Vista was launched, 
| critics started to complain, which led Microsoft to promise that it would do 
| better.   


Hard to see Vista boosting Microsoft

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| Dear N.W.:  Microsoft's Vista is an errant abomination. Picture a black, 
| foul-smelling and bloated whale carcass washing ashore and thousands of 
| angry, yelling beachgoers trying to pull, push and tow it back to sea. That's 
| Vista! Frankly, the older Windows 95, Windows 96, Windows 97, Windows 98, 
| etc. operating systems are superior to 2007 Windows Vista by orders of 
| magnitude.     



Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha4 vs. Windows 7 Beta

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| What are you going to use this summer? Ubuntu 9.04 will be released at the
| end of April and Windows 7 is rumored to be out at the end of July. With the
| release dates so close together, which would you prefer to run? To make the
| decision easier, I've tried to objectively compare Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha4 and
| Windows 7 Beta, both released at the end of January.


Microsoft admits it messed up Windows 7 security

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| Following a week where no less than two security flaws were reported in
| Windows 7 which were officially dismissed and not constituting a
| vulnerability, it seems there has now been a rather huge change of mind at
| Microsoft and a frankly astonishing confession.
| Microsoft has been at the sharp end of the flawed security stick this week,
| and the funny thing is it seems that they both made the stick and have been
| responsible for the continued prodding with it.


Windows 7: Not Quite The Change We Need

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| To fix those deeper-seated ailments, however, Microsoft would have had to put
| in a lot more than two years of work. We might not be able to try out Vista's
| replacement for another year or two--but at that point, we might see a
| dramatically improved operating system that could never be mistaken for a
| Service Pack update to Vista.


Windows 7 Beta Flunks Out Of Georgetown

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| A prestigious Washington, D.C., university has barred students and faculty
| from using the trial version of Microsoft's new Windows 7 operating system on
| school computers.
| "Do not install new Microsoft beta release," states a new warning from
| Georgetown University's IT group. "Installing any beta version of software is
| extremely risky," the warning states.


Some Fanboys Don’t Like Windows 7 Either

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| Amazingly, the Windows Supersite of Paul Thurrott is showing some falling out
| of lockstep with Redmond.


Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Windows 7 Edition

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| Windows 7, the much-hyped upcoming version of Windows operating system is now
| in Beta. And though it’s kind of promising based on reading some of the
| positive reviews, one thing is for sure; it will never become the 'awesomest'
| operating system that everyone will love.


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.

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