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Going out of business sale! Buy XP before it’s too late!

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| I don’t recall ever seeing any company advertising the ‘old’ product over
| the ‘new’ product so strongly before, but Vista’s stink has grown so strong
| that it makes good business sense to promote XP over Vista. Has anyone ever
| been actually able to make a solid case for using Vista over XP? I haven’t
| seen one.
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http://blogs.computerworld.com/going...e_its_too_late

Are These Windows Transparent or Translucent?

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| Besides myth busting, there is Microsoft's desperate need to get out
| something positive about Windows. That's not easy with all the negative Web
| chatter about Vista and the constant nitpicking of Apple "Get a Mac" TV
| commercials. Silence is golden only when there is no other noise. Given how
| bad the Vista talk is, perhaps Microsoft executives think that they can get
| away with talking Seven without causing too much sales harm to the current
| operating system.
|
| That said, including today's reaffirmation of a ship date—"approximately
| three years after the general availability of Windows Vista," according to
| Chris' credited blog—any information risks freezing sales. I see extremes
| rather than middle ground. Either Microsoft executives see that even limited
| information disclosure can do little more harm, or they don't care—meaning
| they've already given up on Windows Vista.
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http://www.microsoft-watch.com/conte...129TX1K0000535
http://tinyurl.com/6odkvq

Vista was the end of Windows, not 7. So bad.


Related:

What we do know about Windows 7

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| Windows 7 will be a minor update to Vista — with “minor,” here, meaning as
| less disruptive as possible to users and their applications. Microsoft has
| said Windows 7 will use the same driver model that Vista did.
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1413


Windows 7: The information lockdown continues

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| I’m hearing increasing dissatisfaction from Microsoft customers, testers and
| other sources typically in the insider track that Microsoft still hasn’t
| shared any Windows 7 information. The silence is deafening — and
| disconcerting — they say. As was the case with Internet Explorer 8, the issue
| isn’t whether Microsoft’s Windows client team is sitting on its hands, doing
| nothing; instead, the worry is that Microsoft is moving full-steam-ahead to
| build a Windows 7 that won’t have a whole lot of input from outsiders. After
| the compatibility and marketing nightmares that have plagued Vista, one would
| think Microsoft might be interested in letting its users have more sway on
| what they really want from a new version of Windows.
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1406


Microsoft Clears Gates-Induced Confusion about Windows 7

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| This statement created widespread confusion as most people understood that
| the final version of Windows 7 would be released next year, much earlier than
| expected. However, since this was Gates talking, and with all the fuss
| concerning Vista's failure on the market, people started wondering whether
| Microsoft changed its plans and wants to speed up the release of Windows 7,
| the next operating system from the Redmond company, due to replace Vista. * *
|
| However, a Microsoft spokesman told CNN that in fact the industry veteran was
| talking about alpha or beta versions, as it usually happens, and not the
| final product. *
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http://www.efluxmedia.com/news_Micro...s_7_16026.html


Microsoft : Windows 7 still in planning stage and will take approximately 3
years to develop.

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| January 26th, 2008. Looks like Microsoft is NOT planning to release Windows 7
| in 2009. Microsoft's official response, by an email dated 26th January, 2008,
| to WinVistaClub states that Windows 7 is still in the planning stage and will
| take approximately 3 years to develop.
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http://www.winvistaclub.com/i7.html


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| From nathanm Mon Oct 01 11:42:05 1990
| To: billg; bradsi;
| Subject: SPARC, MIPS & Compaq
| DateL Tue Oct 02, 22:57:14 1990
|
| [...]
|
| The purpose of announcing early like this is to freeze the market at the
| * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| OEM and ISV level. In this respect it is JUST like the original Windows
| announcement ..
|
| One might worry that this will help Sun because we will just have
| * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| vaporware, that people will stop buying 486 machines, that we will have
| ^^^^^^^^^
| endorsed RISC but not delivered .. So, Scott, do you really think you
| can fight that avalanche?
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http://edge-op.org/iowa/www.iowacons...LEX_0411_A.pdf


Imaginary Innovations

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| Microsoft, Intel and Motorola were especially vocal in promoting
| alliances with media brands that, a year later, have fizzled or
| haven't come to fruition at all.
|
| Last year, Microsoft pumped up the crowds about its URGE music
| service, which it created in conjunction with Viacom's MTV. But
| while MTV is just now beginning to promote the service, Microsoft
| seems to have moved on in favor of the Zune Marketplace and the
| potential of satellite TV on Media Center PCs and Xbox 360s.
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http://www.forbes.com/2007/01/04/vap...rtner=yahootix
http://tinyurl.com/y8fdkr
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