Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Jun 2007 21:39 UTC, submitted by jayson.knight
Windows Microsoft is simplifying the processes via which its PC-maker partners will be able to provide 'downgrade' rights from Windows Vista to Windows XP for their customers. Microsoft will implement the first of the policy changes for its Gold Certified (top-tier) OEM partners within the next couple of weeks. The company will streamline downgrade-rights policies and procedures for the broader channel somewhat later, said John Ball, general manager of Microsoft's US Systems Group.
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The Upgrade Treadmill has ENDED!!!
by Coral Snake on Fri 29th Jun 2007 00:56 UTC
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I think it is high time for Microsoft to admit that their upgrade treadmill in proprietary operating systems has ENDED. If I were running MS now I would seriously consider:

1. Dropping Windows Vista as a flop.

2. Ending the Product Activation requirement in and open sourcing Windows XP and the development systems for it under NOT the GPL but a license of my own making that allows for continued proprietary software developemnt on the system as well as full open development rights for what would become the Windows XP community. I would also open source some MS legacy software like Visual Basic 3 and 6, Visual C++ 1 and 6, Windows 9x, Windows 3.1 and DOS 6.2 under the same licensing terms to revive legacy computers rather than dumping them while they can still work reasonably well. Windows XP would continue to be the main preload OS for commercial computers but WITHOUT the infamous Microsoft Operating System tax.

3. Continuing to make money off of preloads of non OS software such as Office for computer systems intended for workstations and MS games for ported from X Box to Windows for computers intended as gaming/multimedia platforms.

I believe that Microsoft is really missing out on a stratagy that could LEGITIMATELY beat Linux and give the company the good name it had in the late 1980s by not following a stratagy like this now that their proprietary OS treadmill is at an end.

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