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Re: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Nervous About Vista 7 Being Junk

Roy Schestowitz wrote:
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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. |

I hate to say it, but I think the three-app restriction will end up being a good move for Microsloth.

Such a "feature" will shelter end-users from a great deal of system slowdown - the type that an XP netbook user experiences when he becomes overzealous and tries to run Word and Outlook simultaneously while a couple of Explorer tabs are open and an anti-virus is running in the background. Those four worm farms loaded up all at once are waaay too much for a rickety old Eee 1000HD to handle. Better cut it down some...

Fedora 10 on that same machine will do the equivalent with no fuss; absent any need for 3D acceleration I can perform any task on my netbook that I can on my desktop.

| It must be stressed that I have not been able to confirm or deny this at | current time. `----

They are most likely holding out to see what the Google/ARM vendors are going to do.


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.

At this point, they'd have to be insane to upgrade at all. The company is continually shooting itself in the foot with their embarassing "me too" hardware products, and with crappy software that serves no apparent purpose but to convince users and investors to excuse that last bit of crap that they rushed to market.

| [...]
| 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

At this point, tech-savvy consumers will try anything. If Macs are too rich for the budget, Linux is the next best thing. There's also the added bonus of being able to run it on older hardware.

Android is sort of baffling to me: it is beneficial in that it runs on cheap hardware, but I have yet to see why it would be preferred over more mature and open platforms like GPE or Maemo.


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