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Microsoft forecast shows Office, Vista heading in opposite directions

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| Microsoft Corp.'s Client revenue, which virtually all comes from sales of
| Windows Vista, grew just 2% year over year to $4.22 billion in its first
| quarter of 2009.
| "That fell pretty far short of Microsoft's expectations," said Matt Rosoff,
| an analyst at independent research firm Directions on Microsoft. "That's
| always a worry, since it's the core of the company's business."



Microsoft Partners: Use Of Downgrade Rights Is Surging

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| Downgrade rights, which are only available through volume licensing, have
| existed for more than a decade with Office, and since 2001 for Windows. But
| system builders and other Microsoft partners say they're witnessing a large
| and growing number of customers exercising downgrade rights to roll back
| Windows Vista to XP Professional, and Office 2007 to Office 2003.



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.


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.


Why Microsoft's ribbon sucks

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| Bottom line, I have a lot of respect for Microsoft and many of the
| outstanding people that work there (e.g. Bill Buxton).
| But the new ribbon sucks.
| I've been using it daily for months (Word, Powerpoint, Excel), and I
| consistently stumble on the same functions over and over again. I doubt I
| will ever master it. And I'm an interface designer!


July 1: No more Office 2003 for OEMs

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| It’s only been six months since Microsoft launched Office 2007 at retail. But
| as of July 1, 2007, Microsoft won’t be making the OEM version of Office 2003
| to its PC partners, a k a “OEMs.”
| [...]
| Microsoft has told OEMs that they must stop selling Windows XP preloaded on
| machines as of January 29, 2008. Retailers also are required to stop selling
| XP on that date.

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