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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Resorts to Forced Upgrades Because Vista 7 Adoption Stinks

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Resorts to Forced Upgrades Because Vista 7 Adoption Stinks
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2009 02:10:59 +0000
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Microsoft urges XP users to migrate to Windows 7


Support for Windows 2000, Windows XP SP2 ends next July


Microsoft To Kill Windows XP SP2 Support


Rather than patch, Microsoft blocks buggy code

,----[ Quote ]
| In a rare move, declines to fix multiple 
| flaws in Windows 2000, XP


Microsoft Blocks Flaw Rather Than Fix It

,----[ Quote ]
| Buried within Microsoft's latest batch of 
| bug patches this week was a Security 
| Advisory regarding vulnerabilities in an 
| old Intel video codec (coder/decoder). To 
| be sure, the holes are serious, but 
| Microsoft's way of addressing problems with 
| this particular codec is out of the 
| ordinary.
| Rather than patching the 17-year-old 
| software, known as the Indeo codec, 
| Microsoft is instead telling affected users 
| to disable it with either an update or with 
| workarounds. 



Windows 7 â Itâs Vista All Over Again

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| âThere you go againâ. The Gipper said it in
| 1982, and Iâm saying it today â but about
| Windows 7, not Jimmy Carter.
| Because the more I play with Windows 7, the
| more I see the Vista debacle unfolding all
| over again. The commonly accepted wisdom is
| that Windows 7 is oh-so-much-better than
| Vista. Well, based on my own extensive
| testing, itâs not. Not at all.
| First a bit of history. Back in 2006 I was
| editor-in-chief of PC Magazine. Vista was
| coming out and we were pretty darn
| laudatory. Microsoft provided us with new
| hardware, we tested beta versions of Vista,
| and we loved it. Shortly after it shipped,
| alas, the Wow was less Now than Ow. Vista
| sucked upon release to the world for a wide
| range of reasons â not least because the
| networking and audio driver models were
| completely rebuilt in the six months prior
| to release. That led to driver problems,
| along with general instability. When I left
| PC Magazine in 2007, my parting column was
| a bit of an apology â weâd been too easy on
| what turned out to be one of Microsoftâs
| more uneven efforts.
| Itâs easy to get snowed. Microsoft provides
| its favored reviewers a steady stream of
| highlights, new versions, and new features
| â along with brand new hardware to run the
| new builds upon. A team of technical
| marketers inside the borg stand at the
| ready â helping the anointed work through,
| and around, any problems that develop
| during testing.
| [...]
| Weâve seen this story before. Vista was
| overhyped when it came out by everyone from
| PC Magazine to the Wall Street Journal. And
| now Windows 7 is getting the same treatment.


Microsoft Doesn't Learn

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| The marketing effort for Windows 7 now
| underway clearly illustrates one thing:
| Microsoft has not learned from the past. For
| some reason, they seem to think that people
| actually care about the features of their
| operating system. The truth is, people donât
| really care. â Windows 7 is likely to follow
| the same fate as Vista.

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