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[News] Benchmark: Vista 7 is Fat, GNU/Linux is Light

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Windows 7 RTM Gets Benchmarked, Results Are Mixed

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| Interestingly, the results were mixed.  Boot times, despite dedicated 
| tweaking from Microsoft were slightly worse than in Vista SP2 or XP SP3 (by 
| over a second).  Shutdown times, though, showed much improvement over the 
| slow XP, and even some improvement over Vista.   


It's starting to be a disaster like Vista.


Tech Titans, Big Retail Served In Microsoft Suit

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| Top hardware and PC makers, several leading computer retailers and one key
| Microsoft executive have been subpoenaed in the Vista Capable class-action
| suit taking place in U.S. District Court in Seattle. Â


Vista Capable plaintiffs subpoena PC titans

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| Other notable names on the list include Intel and former Windows chief Jim
| Allchin.


Microsoft tries to stop more âVista-capableâ 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 makersâ and
| Microsoftâs coffers. With Vista, this pact really back-fired, as the already
| published e-mails around Vista-capable â and more, as-yet-unpublicized
| messages â will make evident. Â Â Â


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 âVista Ready.â
| 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 âVista Ready,â which might convey the idea that, well, it
| is ready to run Vista, a PC will be described as âVista Capable,â which
| supposedly signals that no promises are made about which version of Vista
| will actually work. Â Â Â
| The decision to drop the original hardware requirements is accompanied by
| considerable internal protest. The minimum hardware configuration was set so
| low that âeven a piece of junk will qualify,â Anantha Kancherla, a Microsoft
| program manager, said in an internal e-mail message among those recently
| unsealed, adding, âIt will be a complete tragedy if we allowed it.â Â Â
| Act 3: In 2007, Vista is released in multiple versions, including âHome
| Basic,â which lacks Vistaâs distinctive graphics. This placed Microsoftâs
| partners in an embarrassing position. Dell, which gave Microsoft a postmortem
| report that was also included among court documents, dryly
| remarked: âCustomers did not understand what âCapableâ meant and expected
| more than could/would be delivered.â Â Â


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. Â
| 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." Â
| 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. Â Â

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