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Vista is doomed

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| AS MICROSOFT goes into this week's Professional Developer Conference, it is
| hard to find anyone keen to talk about Vista. True, it is a developer's
| forum, so you would expect a fair slice of the talk to focus on Windows 7,
| but it seems that no one wants to mention the V word, according to Microsoft
| Watch.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquir...8/vista-doomed

That Vista 7 thing looks just like Vista with a few new features. It's the same
turd with a new name.


Recent:

Microsoft Is Giving Up on Windows

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| It's true: Microsoft has confirmed that it's abandoning Windows as we know
| it. Cagey as ever, the Microsofties won't say when it'll happen, but they
| have talked a little bit about what the next OS is going to look like--or not
| look like.
|
| [...]
|
| Midori for Linux?
|
| One of my smarter-than-me buddies, Gary F., told me that Linus Torvalds
| worked on something called Midori a few years ago, an embedded Linux for
| mobile devices: "I doubt Microsoft would ever release something that could be
| traced back to Linux, but if I recall correctly, Transmeta's Midori had some
| rudimentary 'cloud computing' features vaguely similar to Microsoft's
| Midori." Read "Details emerge on Transmeta's "Mobile Linux" and "Transmeta
| Exports Midori Linux to China" for details.
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http://www.pcworld.com/article/14970...n_windows.html


Windows 7: R.I.P.

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| Death throes. That’s how I’d describe the latest barrage of white papers from
| Microsoft. The company’s flagship, Windows Vista, is thrashing around in the
| shallows like a wounded animal, fighting in vain to escape the inevitable.
|
| [...]
|
| Now we learn that there’s no point in waiting for Windows 7 because,
| according to Microsoft, “it’ll be just like Vista.”
|
| Talk about eating your young! Microsoft is now publicly trashing their next
| version in order to salvage their current dud. Never mind that they’re
| killing the very positive mystique surrounding Windows 7. Company executives
| are hell bent on proving that the Vista “Refuseniks” were wrong, and they’re
| not above using force to achieve their goal.
|
| That’s right, hidden within their latest propaganda piece is the not so
| veiled threat that customers who bypass Vista risk widening the very
| compatibility chasm that dissuaded them in the first place. That’s because
| Microsoft has no intention of making it any easier for customers to upgrade
| to Windows 7 from XP than it is for them to upgrade from XP to Vista today.
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http://weblog.infoworld.com/enterpri...ows_7_rip.html


CIOs Uncensored: For The Sake Of IT, Leave XP Alone

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| I just finished a presentation to a group of nontechnical executives, and I'm
| even more angry about Microsoft's plan to end shipments of Windows XP this
| summer. I'd been making my list of reasons Microsoft shouldn't get rid of XP.
| Now I've got one more biggie--it's going to set back the hard-earned progress
| CIOs have been making in getting IT viewed as a strategic part of their
| organizations.
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http://www.informationweek.com/news/...leID=208402425
http://tinyurl.com/57t2st


Microsoft’s credibility turning to junk while Linux revenue grows

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| Sweeping changes are needed in Microsoft’s go-to-market approach, and it may
| find more success by creating products like Live Writer, which found a huge
| following right away. Continuing on its current path, the company will
| continue to destroy its credibility and build animosity with users looking
| for quality products on their terms.
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http://tech.blorge.com/Structure
%20/2008/04/10/microsofts-credibility-turning-to-junk-while-linux-revenue-grows/
http://tinyurl.com/5fojkd


Microsoft Plummets, Retail Falls While Beauty Gains in CoreBrand 2007 Brand
Power Rankings

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| The annual "CoreBrand Brand Power 100" Branding Index(R) of 1,200 US
| corporations ranks Coca-Cola Company and Johnson & Johnson at #1 and #2
| respectively, unchanged since 2004. Meanwhile, Microsoft's corporate brand
| declined in stunning fashion over the past four years, falling from 11 in
| 2004 to 59 in 2007 Microsoft, a decline of 48 places!
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http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release.do?id=834308


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| Would you believe... that Microsoft has dropped down to #86 within the
| Fortune Best Places to Work survey? That's down from #50 in 2007 and #42 in
| 2006. Like a rock. In a bad way. And who is #1 for two years in a row? Grab
| that chair and give it a big effen toss in the air to Google! Toot! They get
| bigger and they're still #1.
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http://minimsft.blogspot.com/2008/02...nd-mspoll.html


Apple has biggest impact on world consumers: survey

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| Microsoft, the world's largest software maker was also a winner, but it
| received the dubious honor of the brand most readers wanted to argue with,
| and the one they most wanted to revamp. Voted into second place in the
| category was brand USA.
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http://www.reuters.com/article/domes...50164020080331


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
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