Channel gains from Vista's woes

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| The report, at Computerworld, quoted one system integrator reckoning his
| business has soared because people want Windows XP and won't shift to Vista.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquir...ins-vista-woes

Vista Resistance: Why XP Is Still So Strong

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| The six-year-old operating system is showing surprising strength more than
| half a year after the full launch of its successor. In April, Dell
| acknowledged continued XP demand and resumed offering XP as an option on new
| systems.
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http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,137635/article.html


Related:

Windows Vista at Six Months

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| We don't see Vista having a significant effect on these going forward unless
| Microsoft becomes much more aggressive in its marketing efforts." In April,
| Dell even began allowing customers to choose between Windows XP and Vista on
| some machines. Â*
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http://blog.washingtonpost.com/faste...ix_months.html


Vista's growing pains leave room for XP

,----[ Quote
| Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Inc. recently started selling XP machines on
| their Web sites. Lenovo Group Ltd. and Toshiba Corp. also offer similarly
| equipped machines. Â*
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http://www.reuters.com/article/inter...ype=RSS&rpc=92


Just how new is Windows Vista?

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| So it seems that maybe Vista has some new parts cobbled together with
| some old parts. I'm not saying this is bad or anything, because nothing
| is ever really 100% brand new any more, but the problem is that I keep
| running into quirks of all sorts in Vista that are basically the same
| or slight tangents off of Windows XP.
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http://www.dodoskido.com/archives/00...ows-vista.html


Very Interactive Sedentary Type Algorithm - VISTA

,----[ Quote ]
| For starters eXtreme Pressure - XP - increased my stress levels
| whenever I was confronted with a static cursor or with frequent
| freeze frames without knowing what was going on.
|
| [...]
|
| Vista signals me when to stretch, when to take a break, helps me to
| increase my skills at being patient...
|
| In addition, Vista is very respectful as it always asks permission
| before engaging in an activity.
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http://muriella.wordpress.com/2007/0...ime-algorithm/


Vista scoots to new boot, but it's still kinda rooted

,----[ Quote ]
| While Microsoft would like the world to believe that anyone running Windows
| has no need of any other operating system, that attitude doesn't cut much
| mustard with many of its users.
|
| Why settle for one OS when your PC is easily capable of running two or
| more?
|
| [...]
|
| One of the more questionable tactics that Microsoft has implemented in
| Vista is to automatically overwrite any existing MBR during the
| installation process without asking if you mind or giving you an option
| to back up.
|
| Microsoft says that the Windows installation system can't intelligently
| interrogate an existing non-MS MBR, although such features are quite
| common in the install routine for other OSes.
|
| It also argues that an "official" Vista MBR is required for security
| features -- such as measured boot, which works with Trusted Platform
| Module (TPM)-enabled chips to check that the OS hasn't been hacked or
| altered each time it boots -- to work correctly.
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http://www.apcstart.com/site/akidman...l-kinda-rooted


Windows XP: The OS That Won't Die?

,----[ Quote ]
| The six-year-old operating system's continued popularity has nearly exhausted
| the supply of product activation keys.
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http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,13...1/article.html


5 Mistakes Microsoft made with Windows Vista

,----[ Quote ]
| Let me outline those 5 mistakes Microsoft made with the Windows Vista launch
| and talk about how Microsoft might be able to keep Windows Vista from being a
| sequel to Windows ME.
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http://www.neowin.net/index.php?act=view&id=41979


Customer wants to sue the inventor of Windows XP.

,----[ Quote ]
| When I worked for a Norwegian ISP I got my hands on a really funny email from
| an angry customer who doesn’t know too much about computers.
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http://greenshinobi.wordpress.com/20...of-windows-xp/


,----[ Quote ]
| It seems as if the Dutch are tired of Microsoft's finest breaking all the
| time, and they've set up a hotline for consumers complaining about Windows
| Vista. Â*
|
| [..]
|
| Apparently the Consumentenbond (Office of Fair Trading) is vastly unimpressed
| by the fact that it's difficult to buy a new computer without Windows Vista,
| and that the very same operating system causes such a high number of
| problems, which the average user is not equipped to deal with. Â*
|
| If the Consumentenbond finds that too many people are having problems with
| Windows Vista, it may elect to start legal proceedings against Microsoft.
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http://www.t3.co.uk/news/247/general...la_vista,_baby


Judge Says 'Windows Vista Capable' Lawsuit Can Proceed

,----[ Quote ]
| A federal judge has ruled that two consumers can proceed with a lawsuit that
| claims Microsoft's "Windows Vista Capable" campaign was misleading.
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http://www.informationweek.com/news/...on=All+Stories


Microsoft Vista Satisfaction (Or Not), Part Deux

,----[ Quote ]
| A pool has started now in the office: How long before Doug chucks
| Vista and asks for a downgrade (upgrade?) to Windows XP. You’re all invited
| to play. The only prize is bragging rights.
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http://www.pcdoctor-community.com/pc...not-part-deux/


Linux gains despite and because of Microsoft

,----[ Quote ]
| Despite the heightened competition over the last two quarters from
| Microsoft-Novell and a move by Oracle to undercut Red Hat on the cost of Red
| Hat Linux support service, Red Hat has reported double-digit growth in
| revenue and an increase in profit.
|
| “The success of Red Hat has been able to validate the future potential for
| open source software,” Szulik says.
|
| Emerging countries are also lucrative markets for Linux, says IDC’s Gillen,
| because there isn’t as much of the legacy Windows technology to have to
| displace.
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http://www.linuxworld.com/news/2007/...ns.html?page=3


XP > Vista... is Microsoft in Trouble?

,----[ Quote ]
| Which OS do I use more? at this point, probably still XP. But that’s
| because I haven’t rebooted my desktop in 3 months (gotta love Hibernate)
| and I have 20 windows open in XP. Do I hate using Vista? Not at all. At
| this stage in the computing life, most of my time is spent in Firefox
| and PuTTY, and they both run fine on either OS– in fact, they both run
| Â*fine in Linux. Do I have a preference which one I use these apps in?
| Nope.
|
| [...]
|
| But Vista becoming Microsoft’s downfall? Only if Microsoft wills it.
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http://philipwen.wordpress.com/2007/08/13/xp-vista/


Dell warns of Vista upgrade challenges

,----[ Quote ]
| Dell has taken the unusual step--for a PC vendor of its size--of
| toning down its sales pitch for Microsoft's Vista operating system
| and warning businesses of the migration challenges that lie ahead
| for them.
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http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/softwa...2027712,00.htm


Dell casts doubts on Vista

,----[ Quote ]
| 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.
|
| [...]
|
| 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.
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http://www.macnn.com/articles/07/04/...ubts.on.vista/