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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vanfruniken
Member since:
2006-07-18

On the contrary. Let those people upgrade to THE better OS.

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jayson.knight Member since:
2005-07-06

"Never a new MacOSX caused any appreciable trouble"

You're not going to hear about OSX rollouts because they don't exist in the business world, which is where all large scale rollouts take place. Businesses usually have a homogeneous set of hardware deployed, so if Vista doesn't work on one machine, it's a good bet it won't work on most of them, and thus those kinds of stories make headlines.

This isn't about consumers, this is targeting large scale licensees.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

"Let those people upgrade to THE better OS."

DR-DOS?

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google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

Aparently you weren't around during the OS9->OSX transition...

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

That's because the OSX revisions are like service packs compared to the step from XP to Vista.

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REM2000 Member since:
2006-07-25

The OSX updates 10.4 10.5 are the same as windows moving from Win2k (5.0) WinXP (5.1).

The mac does have service packs like windows 10.4.1 10.4.2 etc.. (SP1, SP2).

The main difference i have seen is that with every release on the Mac it gets quicker, where as every release after Win2k seems to get slower. Personally i think Win2k was the last great Client OS from Microsoft.

OSX is moving more and more as a viable platform simply because a lot of companies are now implementing their business logic and software on web platforms, accessible by any computer. It's as if the IT world has come full circle with the mainframes to client server and now back to mainframe type working (i.e. central computer (farm) provides the UI, processing and data storage.

Windows will never go away overnight and probably never will as although it has it's problems it works mostly well.

Microsoft is a strange company, if there's no competition they give up and release stale useless products. Give them competition and they work damn hard and provide some good stuff. I love Windows 2003 server i think it's a solid product, i don't really like Vista as there are far too many problems with it (network stalling, high memory usage) however because Mac OSX and Linux are now serious compeition i expect the release after Vista R2 to be very good.

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Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Did Windows XP get a hardware accelerated video and image core processing engine in a service pack? (Core Image / Video).

Did Windows XP get instant meta data searching and saved searches in a service pack? (Spotlight)


No, you got the fecking "Security Centre". Nice one.

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