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[News] [Rival] Confirmed: Vista 7 is Another Vista ("Vista Mark II")

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Windows 7: Vista Mark II 

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| For sometime earlier this year, there was much talk about how Windows 7 was 
| going to play saviour to rescue its creators from the cesspit that Vista had 
| created. Now it looks like even the biggest fans of that company in Redmond 
| have realised that it is another dud.   
| I guess the disillusionment has begun with the netbook; for a while Windows 7 
| was going to run on netbooks at speeds that would rival that of XP. But when 
| Microsoft decided that netbooks needed to be redefined - the classic tactic 
| of moving the goalposts when your argument misses its mark - then the scales  
| fell from admiring eyes.   
| There's no need to wonder anymore: Windows 7 will be Vista Mark II. The time 
| for illusions is over and the real stuff is being jammed into the innards of 
| this great operating system - to use bizspeak, " as we speak, 24/7, 
| seamlessly."   
| What has passed for a netbook all this time never was. No, the new specs 
| which Microsoft has brought to the table are those of a low-end laptop. You 
| need to pay through the nose for a toy too.  
| [...]
| If you're the kind who likes freedom, then GNU/Linux is there in all its 
| glorious flavours. You have the out-of-the-box working kind, or you have the 
| fiddly kind where you learn things that make you appreciate the hard work 
| that goes into creating a multiuser, secure operating system.   


This is going to be terrible for Microsoft. They can bribe reviewers, but not
many customers.


Is Microsoft listening on Windows 7 pricing?

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| Even a $100 upgrade fee would be "cheap" for Ultimate, cheaper than the $700+
| price charged in Australia, but still $100 more than Ubuntu.


Windows 7 netbook performance: can MS make it faster?

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| Why is this? What has Microsoft added to the RC code to slow things down? Why
| does XP still feel so much faster than Windows 7, when earlier Windows 7
| builds screamed along on netbooks in comparison?


Microsoft has cold feet?

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| At the moment this appears merely to be a rumor, but theres opinion on the
| net that Microsoft may be removing the three app restriction on the starter
| version of Windows 7.  You can see the article here.
| It must be stressed that I have not been able to confirm or deny this at
| current time.


Microsoft, analysts tell companies to kill Vista plans


Windows 7: 83% Of Businesses Won't Deploy Next Year

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| The survey, of more than 1,100 IT professionals, is one of the first
| extensive looks at Windows 7's early sales prospects. It found that a
| whopping 83% of enterprises plan to skip the OS in its first year. While the
| business market typically tends toward caution when it comes to new products,
| the figure is nonetheless surprising given that almost no large companies
| migrated to Vista and as a result most have been using XP much longer than
| planned.
| [...]
| The open source Linux OS also could benefit from slow uptake of Windows 7 in
| the enterprise market, as could Google's Android OS -- which some computer
| makers are reportedly testing as a netbook platform. Fifty percent of those
| surveyed by Dimensional Research said they've considered switching to a
| non-Windows OS to avoid Vista or Windows 7


The Windows 7 beta testing disaster

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| So what are Windows 7’s damning problems?
| –Windows usage is on the decline, and while Windows XP was an acceptable OS
| from the standards of 2001, both the Mac OS X and Linux distributions such as
| Ubuntu have matured. Microsoft also launched many other business ventures
| that it had hoped to subsidize entirely as loss leaders using Windows and
| Office sales to run the other guys out of business, but with sales of those
| faulting combined with massive XBOX 360 hardware failures, giving up on the
| Zune 2 years in with 4% of the market, and failing to put a chink in Google’s
| services, Microsoft is getting desperate.
| –They’re not listening to real users, they’re listening to a focus group if
| that, and the focus group gave us the McLean Deluxe, which was a total
| disaster for McDonalds. But unlike McDonalds, Microsoft has the advantage of
| no competitors. If we want to put Windows in the McLean Deluxe analogy,
| Windows thrives because all restaurants are McDonalds, all grocery stores are
| closed, and the only thing on the menu is the mystery meat. At least til
| lately.
| –Abusing their OEM partners for years hasn’t won them any friends, and
| mainline PC vendors such as HP and Dell are marketing Linux systems now with
| no Microsoft Tax. This isn’t helped by the fact that the only thing Microsoft
| has that is nimble enough to run on the Netbooks that they totally failed to
| see coming is 8 years old (XP) and that they are giving Windows away in a
| massive dumping operation to keep Linux off these things,  because Linux is
| far more capable.
| –There’s no way to actually file detailed bugs and communicate with Windows
| developers or to have any ETA on a patch if one is coming. If you need help
| it costs $49.99 per incident to get someone that probably knows less than you
| do on the phone. You can’t just go to an IRC room and talk to the person that
| wrote it.
| –Windows 7 is in short, Vista all over again. It may be masquerading as a
| huge upgrade but the changes have been trivial, superficial, and usually skin
| deep at best, and “eat my data” and “fail to even load my program” at worst.
| Even my dad saw it running on my test system while he was over the other day
| and thought it was Vista. I had to point to the Windows 7 build number on the
| desktop because there’s almost no way to tell them apart otherwise.

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