Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Apr 2007 18:59 UTC, submitted by danwarne
Windows Lots of Windows-related news today. Firstly, responding to customer demand, Dell has restarted selling new PCs with Windows XP installed on them. Secondly, Microsoft software will sell for just USD 3 in some parts of the world in an attempt to double the number of global PC users (probably not at all unrelated to this interesting figure). Lastly, Vista may only be three months old in the retail marketplace, but Microsoft is already seeking participants in the beta testing program for the next version of Windows Media Center, codenamed Fiji. Update: Microsoft denied the sales figures in China to News.com.
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RE[2]: Not surprising....
by Vozzie on Fri 20th Apr 2007 21:55 UTC in reply to "RE: Not surprising...."
Vozzie
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2007-04-20

20-something (and that's just my circle of friends). Mostly due to driver problems. I'm not saying that Vista can't work well for some (I beta tested it and found it lacking, although it worked fine), but it supports relatively little hardware, and that's giving people fits. Sure, you can't blame that on Microsoft (and I'm not trying to), but it makes for a pretty poor OS choice at the moment. The other blow to Vista's reputation among non-techie home users comes from the fact that many of the computers it's now pre-installed on can't run it well, and it comes off as slow compared to XP.

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RE[3]: Not surprising....
by Endica on Sat 21st Apr 2007 15:17 in reply to "RE[2]: Not surprising...."
Endica Member since:
2006-07-07

20-something (and that's just my circle of friends). Mostly due to driver problems.

Wow (pun not indented)! ;) Are you saying you have twenty-some friends who are all misguided enough to go buy Windows Vista instantly, only to figure out later that their hardware doesn't work properly and then asking you for help? Sounds to me like you should have warned your friends, especially if you've been a beta tester (and have that many friends!)...

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RE[4]: Not surprising....
by Vozzie on Sat 21st Apr 2007 15:21 in reply to "RE[3]: Not surprising...."
Vozzie Member since:
2007-04-20

Yeah, well I've been away in New Zealand for a while, got back in early February, and yeah...a lot of my friends had picked up Vista around the time it came out (yay for marketing, apparently). If they'd asked me beforehand, I'd have told 'em to keep XP or buy a Mac. The sad thing is that these are fairly intelligent people, but when confronted with computers their brains seem to shut down.

Edited 2007-04-21 15:25

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