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[News] Windows Falls Further Behind, Microsoft FUD Strategy Dissected

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Is using Windows Dumb? It will be.

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| It's certainly not "dumb" to buy a Windows machine today. I have to quickly 
| qualify that by saying that I think most people would be better off with a 
| Mac, except (of course) those that need certain Windows only apps on a daily 
| basis. Even those folks could use VM software to run the Microsoft stuff but 
| I wouldn't recommend that right now unless it's casual use.    


The ultimate Windows apologists reference

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| In order to save them some time and possibly prevent them from causing a 
| devastating BSOD I've decided to collect their comments and publish them 
| here, so they just need to reference this page. Here we go.  
| 1.    You will have to waste hours learning a new OS and applications.
| (So what is the difference?)
| 2.    I like Windows, it works for me.
| (Writing this blog with pins stuck in my face works for me, but I can imagine 
| more comfortable ways to do it.) 



Fatal Windows 7 Flaw Will Bolster Linux Netbooks

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| First, let me point out that I think Microsoft has done a reasonably good job
| developing Windows 7. Most early buzz about the operating system was
| positive. But when it comes to running Windows 7 on netbooks, Microsoft has
| made a fatal design decision that will open the door for more Linux netbooks.
| Skeptical? Consider the evidence.
| Microsoft’s Windows 7 Starter edition — which will target netbooks — can only
| run three applications simultaneously. Did somebody suddenly rewind the clock
| 15 years? Has Microsoft lost its mind? Even novice users run far more than
| three applications during one sitting.


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.


Data breach incidents are increasing, study shows

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| My official title may be "analyst," but market research is the part of my job
| that appeals to the geek in me. Good thing I work at ESG, where we do market
| research around information assurance all the time.


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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