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
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RE[4]: Not surprising....
by stestagg on Sun 22nd Apr 2007 01:45 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Not surprising...."
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Excuse me, but how is that possible. Digital cameras either use PTP or USB Storage for accessing digital photo's.

Well, My Canon, industry standards, DSLR came with a whole CD of software that allows remote-capture, time lapse photography, RAW editing and much more. It also provides a Mass storage interface for file access, but you are badly ignorant if you think that the only possible interface for a camera is for basic file transfer.

Scanners - who the heck uses those these days with the rise of multi-fuctional printers/scanners/copiers?

Anyone who cares anything about quality. The quality of a multi-functional scanner is usually much worse than that of a dedicated scanner (see: Economics 101).

If your drivers aren't being provided, maybe the axe to grind is with the vendor of the hardware rather than it being with the operating system vendor - how is it Microsoft's fault that the companies you bought the hardware off are too lazy to provide the necessary drivers to make the transition easy?

So let me get this straight. Epson(for example) develop a high quality scanner to work with windows XP, they spend many $1000s perfecting the drivers, ironing out all the bugs, getting to grips with the crappy Windows APIs (check out Linux/Glib, it's great by comparison). Then Microsoft turns round and releases a new OS and suddenly Epson have to spend many more $1000s ensuring that their unchanged product now works with some new OS. It's even worse for Graphics card manufacturers with the new WDM.

Given that it's Microsoft's fault that all these interfaces are changing, your claim that third parties are 'too lazy' to back up Microsoft's business development seems a bit strange.

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