Georgia Tech - Software for Staff

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| OIT and the Georgia Tech IT Community do not recommend the Microsoft Vista
| operating system for most users at this time. We advise that you work with
| your departmental technical support resources when considering a move to the
| Vista operating system.
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http://www.oit.gatech.edu/staff/soft...n/overview.cfm

Funny image:

http://www.yousaytoo.com/gallery_ima...a_upgrades.jpg

Users Demand Upgrade from Vista To XP

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| Admittedly, I find myself amused with the latest Vista sales numbers, as they
| seem to forget how many of those same people are disgusted once they break
| the seal and want to take Vista back.
|
| I know a number of repair techs, most of them running smaller shops and all
| of them are reporting people asking for "their XP back."
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http://www.osweekly.com/index.php?op...685&Itemid=449

Sales are slowing, according to the latest figures (channel-stuffing days are
over). Microsoft can no longer fake it.


Related:

Vista sales slow despite record MS profit

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| The sales rate of Microsoft's Windows Vista is gradually slowing down as the
| operating system reaches the one-year anniversary of its release to
| businesses, according to the company's latest financial results.
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http://www.electronista.com/articles....rate.slowing/


Nine burning questions about how Vista is really doing

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| Instead, there's so much spin -- from Microsoft, from rivals such
| as Apple Inc., from market analysts pushing research and more research
| -- it would even leave Sasha Cohen dizzy. Here's our attempt to unravel
| this puzzle-shrinkwrapped-in-a-mystery.
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http://www.computerworld.com/action/...icleId=9021838
http://tinyurl.com/2u6gzq


Is that 1 Million Zunes Shipped or Sold?

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| Stephen Baker, NPD's vice president of industry analysis, says he believes
| that Microsoft could have shipped 1 million Zunes. "They have not sold 1
| million players through nor do I believe they will by the end of June," he
| said. "That number is likely to be around 750,000."
|
| Microsoft's modest sales goal--at least compared to more than 100
| million iPods--may or may not be in sight, depending on whether
| that number is shipped or sold.
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http://www.microsoft-watch.com/conte...129TX1K0000535


Rumor: Is Microsoft cheating their [Xbox 360] sales?

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| All in all, there are some sobering thoughts with very broad implications
| for any company if that were true. That being said, would you buy
| from Microsoft, or any other company for that matter, if they were
| cheating their sales?
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http://xbox360.qj.net/Rumor-Is-Micro...g/49/aid/89595


Uh-Oh, Vista! PC Sales Levels Are Normal

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| "Vista hasn't been a catalyst for PC sales," he said. "Looking at the
| weekly data, there really isn't anything happening with sales that
| has anything to do with Vista."
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http://www.microsoft-watch.com/conte...re_normal.html


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| "This is a relic of old-line consumer products companies like Philip
| Morris, or fraudsters like Miniscribe who literally shipped bricks in
| lieu of disk drives to hit sales targets.
|
| [...]
|
| Channel stuffing is the business practice where a company or a sales
| force within a company inflates its sales figures by forcing more
| products through a distribution channel than the channel is capable
| of selling to the world at large.
|
| [...]
|
| We have a game we play around the office here with Microsoft press
| releases. The game is, "Find the words that make the headline true."
| It's not always easy.
|
| [...]
|
| Sony, like Microsoft, announces units shipped, not actually sold.
| This allows both companies to advertise sales numbers based on how
| many units they can force retailers to accept, not on how many units
| customers actually buy; both have considerable market power to push
| excess unsold inventory into the channel."
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http://www.informationarbitrage.com/...oft_phili.html


Open Source Fights Back

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| Question: The OpenSourceParking.com announcement cites a Netcraft
| report, which found that GoDaddy.com's migration from Linux to Windows
| caused Apache to lose server share. Was this event the sole impetus
| for OpenSourceParking.com?
|
| Perens: Not the first. It's part of a continuing behavior pattern by
| Microsoft that I think it's fair to call "dirty fighting." GoDaddy was
| using Apache (I assume on Linux) because it was a great technical
| solution. They didn't switch to IIS on Windows Server 2003 for any
| technical reason. The switch was accompanied by a press release by
| GoDaddy, containing Microsoft promotional language. Now, I've changed
| many servers from one thing to another, but I've never made a press
| release about it. GoDaddy wouldn't be doing that unless Microsoft had
| offered them something valuable in return. There has been talk in the
| domain business that Microsoft has been offering the large domain
| registries a wad of cash to switch their parked sites. There is no
| other reason to do this than to influence the Netcraft figures.
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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/item/?ci=15108