[News] Microsoft's "Vapourware Mode" Shows That It is Scared of GNU/Linux
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"In the face of strong competition, Evangelism's focus may shift immediately to
the next version of the same technology, however. Indeed, Phase 1 (Evangelism
Starts) for version x+1 may start as soon as this Final Release of version X."
Microsoft, internal document [PDF]
Windows 7 no threat to netbook Linux
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| I've been nonplussed the last few weeks as ordinarily sane compu-journalists
| opine that Windows 7 will somehow kill Linux on netbooks. This weekend, I had
| a chance to actually see XP running on an EEE 900, and I can tell you, Linux
| has nothing to fear from Redmond.
| During my 13-year career as a compu-journalist, I have seen the pattern over
| and over. Microsoft pre-announces a product years before it will ship. Then,
| people who have built careers supporting Microsoft's products -- whether IT
| staff or journalists -- slavishly salivate, as if on cue. Purchase decisions
| are deferred, per recommendations of the trade press.
| Next, the product is delayed. Purchase decisions are further deferred.
| Nothing can sway the devotion of the true Microsoft believers. And they think
| Linux "fanboys" are partisan!
| Then, finally delivered, the Microsoft OS utterly fails to live up to its
| hype. And, the Microsoft ecosystem rejoices, secure in the knowledge that
| their help will still be needed to make Microsoft products usable.
| Today, it turns out, XP is hardly usable on netbooks. What makes people think
| the next version of Windows will actually get better? Microsoft has never in
| its history delivered an OS upgrade that did not require SUBSTANTIALLY more
| resources than its predecessor. Is that really going to change? Really?
Microsoft is running scared. It threw Vista away, it gives XP almost for free
now and it only raves about software that does not exist (Vista 7, AKA SP2,
AKA Mojave, AKA ME3, AKA 7apourware).
Feeling the heat at Microsoft
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| If I ask you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be?
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have
| to go with that.
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