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Microsoft fighting cognitive lock-in as users hold on to XP

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| From the perspective of this story, the results are pretty damning. "Clearly,
| this phenomenon—customers ditching Vista in favor of its predecessor—is no
| fluke," the author writes. The results are presented as surprising in part
| because Microsoft cut off nearly all OEM sales of XP on June 30. But hardware
| manufacturers have been finding ways to continue shipping it past this
| deadline. Given that corporations are often conservative when it comes to
| adopting the latest-and-greatest from software companies, Microsoft allows
| users that purchase Vista Business or Vista Ultimate to downgrade to XP
| Professional. The hardware ships with Vista and is counted as a Vista sale,
| but a license for XP Pro is also included.


What's That They Say About Assumptions...?

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| I sat down at the computer. A brand new Dell with Vista Home Basic on it. In
| the first place, Microsoft ought to be ashamed for putting out so many crappy
| versions of their newest crappy operating system. Home Basic is not only,
| well...Vista. It's a watered-down version of Vista. I said they should be
| ashamed...not that they would be. There is no shame within that castle. It is
| sincerely a pleasure to watch it crumble.



Unwanted licences boost Vista numbers

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| "From the 30th of June, we have no longer been able to ship a PC with an XP
| licence," said Jane Bradburn, a marketing manager for HP Australia. "However,
| what we have been able to do with Microsoft is ship PCs with a Vista Business
| licence but with XP pre-loaded. That is still the majority of business
| computers we are selling today."
| Therefore the Vole's claims for high Vista sales figures are merely so much
| steer manure. The major PC vendors are still preloading Windows XP, but
| Microsoft is counting those XP preloads as Vista sales.



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.


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.
| [...]
| 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.

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