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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Admit Windows Vista is a Failure

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Microsoft to users: Don’t switch to Vista

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| In short, Microsoft is finally telling you what I’ve been telling you all 
| along: Vista is junk. 
| Microsoft has actually been doing this for over a year now. First, in April 
| 2008, Ballmer described Vista as a “work-in-progress.” Then, he said users 
| should skip Vista in favor of Windows 7 in October 
| (http://blogs.computerworld.com/ballmer_says_skip_vista).   
| How many times must Microsoft tell its knee-jerk fan club that Vista was a 
| mistake before they get it. 



The 10 Biggest Tech Failures of the Last Decade

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| # Introduction
| # Microsoft Vista
| [...]



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



Worst Tech #2: Microsoft Windows Vista

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| We're also unhappy with how sluggish all the systems (and we mean dozens and
| dozens of notebooks) perform with Vista, whether they came with it initially
| or not (although newer systems with Intel's Next Generation Centrino
| processors help Vista press a tad harder on the gas pedal).  


Vista makes the list as one of the top-10 worst consumer tech products of all

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| Pretty bad. But top ten of all time? That's mighty impressive.


Microsoft credits Project for "Tech's all-time flop" Award

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| Recently the InfoWorld published their list of "Tech's all-time top 25
| flops".  When the bodies were counted, the worst software flop of all time
| went to Vista.    


10 Worst Tech Products of 2007

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| Windows Vista: Where to begin? Vista arrived in stores months late, forced
| untold thousands of users to upgrade their hardware, made mincemeat of
| software and drivers that worked perfectly well in XP, ended up lacking many
| of the bold-faced features we'd been promised, and came saddled with new and
| annoying set of video DRM schemes. At least Vista now boasts an option for
| downgrading back to XP.    


Holy Crap: Did Bill Gates Just Say Windows Sucks?

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| We asked a simple question: what Microsoft product could have used a little
| more polish before release? The answer astounded us. We would just like to
| thank Bill Gates for his honesty and his openness.  


It's Time for a Vista Do-Over

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| I deliver my radical plan for a new Windows OS to one rather surprised
| Microsoftie.


Microsoft admits Vista screwed - report

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| Vista SP1 is code named "Fiji", presumably after a pretty looking
| island which is paralysed by coups.
| In a statement regarding the service pack Microsoft admits that
| Vista has "high impact" problems.


The 15 Biggest Tech Disappointments of 2007

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| #1. No Wow, No How: Windows Vista
| Five years in the making and this is the best Microsoft could do?


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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