Home Messages Index
[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next]
Author IndexDate IndexThread Index

[News] [Rival] "Microsoftâs Downward Spiral" and Illegal Behaviour Exposed

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] "Microsoftâs Downward Spiral" and Illegal Behaviour Exposed
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 03 Jan 2010 22:06:23 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • User-agent: KNode/4.3.1
Hash: SHA1

Predictions and wishes for the new year

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoftâs downward spiral: Does anyone 
| care about Microsoft? Sure, hundreds of 
| millions of people around the world use 
| Microsoft software, but the Google phone and 
| the Apple tablet make Microsoft seem like a 
| slow-moving behemoth bereft of innovation. 
| Tech bloggers and commentators canât seem to 
| write about Microsoft without using the word 
| "irrelevant."


Lessons learned by IT in 2009 #2: Microsoft sheds its 'Dr. Evil' costume

,----[ Quote ]
| In February 2008, Groklaw reporter Pamela 
| Jones uncovered a piece of public evidence 
| from the Comes v. Microsoft antitrust trial 
| in Iowa, that spelled out the symbolism that 
| characterized Microsoft's public stance 
| throughout the 1990s and for the first part 
| of the following decade. Early in 2000, a 
| company technical evangelist named James 
| Plamondon produced an internal company 
| presentation entitled "Effective Evangelism" 
| (PDF available here, from Groklaw), but 
| which came to be known by its initial 
| heading, "Evangelism Is War."


Top 10 Tech Stories of the Decade

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoft is busted
| In April 2000, U.S. District Court Judge 
| Thomas Penfield Jackson issued the first big 
| ruling in a series of antitrust decisions to 
| hit the software giant during the decade. 
| Jackson found that Microsoft maintained its 
| monopoly power by anticompetitive means and 
| illegally attempted to monopolize the Web 
| browser market. The final judgment in the 
| U.S. federal case established restrictions 
| related to licensing agreements and ordered 
| that Microsoft release some of its 
| intellectual property. Microsoft also faced 
| private and government antitrust cases 
| involving individual U.S. states, Sun 
| Microsystems, and the European Union, which 
| fined Microsoft US$794 million in 2004. 
| Ramifications persist. Microsoft still meets 
| with U.S. officials who monitor its 
| behavior, and the European Commission just 
| this month accepted the company's promise to 
| allow Windows users to choose which Internet 
| browser they use, ending a browser-market 
| investigation. The cases were a huge 
| distraction for Microsoft but ultimately 
| made its software work better with competing 
| technology. They also provided a template of 
| sorts for antitrust cases brought against 
| Intel this year in the U.S. and Europe. 



The 10 Biggest Tech Failures of the Last Decade

,----[ Quote ]
| # Introduction
| # Microsoft Vista
| [...]



,----[ Quote ]
| 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

,----[ Quote ]
| 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

,----[ Quote ]
| Pretty bad. But top ten of all time? That's mighty impressive.


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

,----[ Quote ]
| 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

,----[ Quote ]
| 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?

,----[ Quote ]
| 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

,----[ Quote ]
| I deliver my radical plan for a new Windows OS to one rather surprised
| Microsoftie.


Microsoft admits Vista screwed - report

,----[ Quote ]
| 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

,----[ Quote ]
| #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 âVista-capableâ e-mails from going public

,----[ Quote ]
| 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.


Microsoft challenges 'Vista Capable' class action

,----[ Quote ]
| If granted, the motion would also postpone any new disclosures of potentially
| embarrassing company e-mails.


They Criticized Vista. And They Should Know.

,----[ Quote ]
| 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.
| 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
| 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


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

,----[ Quote ]
| 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.

Version: GnuPG v1.4.9 (GNU/Linux)


[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next]
Author IndexDate IndexThread Index