2007 Tech Year In Review

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| Vista Launched and Wasn't liked
| In late January Windows Vista launched. Many news outlets thought people
| would be lining up for Vista, similar to the Wii launch, but as luck would
| have it, the biggest, and only, line was in New York City.


2007's Biggest Disappointment = Vista

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| So what was the biggest disappointment of last year (2007)? Microsoft Windows
| Vista! Now it's not to say that it's a bad OS, it's just not all we expected
| it to be. We did get a new UI to make it prettier, and some extras like
| partition resizing in Disk Management, etc., but otherwise, it definitely
| feels more bloated and slower, and as a gamer, DX10 does nothing to improve
| my experience. SP2 may fix a few things, but until then, enjoy the bashing
| below...


Vista Revisited

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| I’d mentioned earlier that the Vista Aero interface looked nice. This is
| strictly by Windows standards though. Anyone who has compiz installed on
| their Linux box will be sadly disappointed when they go to move one of those
| windows with the transparent glass-like window decorations only to find that
| wobbly windows or even the option to have them - just doesn’t exist. TheVista
| taskbar does give window previews on mouseover and the window changer does
| have a nice ring affect too.
| I had to jump through a few more hoops to get the shares on the Vista box to
| play nice with the XP machine - no problems from the Linux boxes though. I
| guess it will be a while before Redmond realizes that tightening “security”
| in this manner is really just more pretty decoration.


Worst product of the year according to CNET, PCWorld, even listed in Yahoo (see


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. * *


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?


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 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.


Interesting comment from CompUSA

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| Every single one of them he said was returned from consumers... and that they
| (CompUSA) couldn't ship them back. As he heard, Microsoft wasn't giving
| credit back for unsold or returned copies... and didn't want the returned
| figures made public... He wouldn't say that every single one of them
| exchanged for a copy of Xp, he didn't know if that was true. So, I asked how
| many boxes did they have. Same glare, followed with a "You do not want to
| know" type statement. * * *


Windows Vista: Sold but not deployed

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| Microsoft says it remains happy with enterprise sales of Vista -- however,
| the software behemoth acknowledges that many businesses which have bought
| Vista licences are yet to deploy the software. *


Currys group blames Vista for poor sales

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| DSG, the group behind Currys and PC World, has warned that poor sales of
| Vista could slash its profits by around £20 million.


DSG continues retailer woes

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| DSG, the company formerly known as Dixons, became the latest British retailer
| to report a drop in profits for the summer months today. But it wasn’t all
| down to the rotten weather – this time it was also Microsoft’s fault. *


Dell casts doubts on Vista

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| Dell today revealed that it will restore the option to use Windows XP on
| some of its home systems, marking a potentially damaging blow to
| Microsoft's hopes for the newer Windows Vista.
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| While a popular request through the company's IdeaStorm website, the
| choice was substantially outnumbered by requests for pre-installed
| Linux, US-based technical support, and other features -- pointing to a
| larger general demand for the change. The turnaround may be a reflection of
| an overall backlash against Vista, observed IDC analyst Richard Shim.


Lenovo offers downgrade from Windows Vista to Windows XP

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| My colleague Stian just sent me this interesting link regarding my
| experiences with Windows Vista. Since I assume the link will NOT have the
| visual appearence it has right now for very many more hours (days) I've
| created a screenshot of how it looked when I went into the site. *


Windows Vista kicked out of Olympics PCs

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| Microsoft's latest version of Windows is too risky to implement for the
| important computers managing the 2008 Olympic summer games in Beijing, said
| the event's computer supplier and sponsor Lenovo. *


Acer: PC industry 'disappointed' with Vista

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| Acer president Gianfranco Lanci became the first major PC manufacturer to
| openly attack Microsoft over the Windows Vista operating system in the
| Financial Times Deutschland on Monday. *
| Lanci said the operating system was riddled with problems and gave users and
| businesses no reason to buy a new PC, according to the report. Taiwan-based
| Acer is the world's fourth-largest PC manufacturer, after HP, Dell and
| Lenovo.
| "The whole industry is disappointed with Windows Vista," Lanci said.


The End of the Vista Experiment

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| Over a year ago, I bought a new computer. This was a carefully considered
| decision, as I don't change computers that often and so try to get something
| I will be satisfied with for as long as possible. *
| [...]
| But as far as my desktop OS, yesterday I reinstalled XP on the silent
| machine, and it doesn't look like I'm going to be trying Vista again until I
| hear some really, really good things about Service Pack 2. Basically, I'm
| done experimenting with Microsoft OSes for at least a year and a half. *