Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Jan 2009 21:34 UTC
Windows Tech ARP has a collection of dates regarding Microsoft's update program. The upgrade program concerns upgrade paths from Windows Vista to Windows 7, and basically entails that when you buy a Windows Vista machine after July 1 2009, you will get a free upgrade to Windows 7 once it's released. The data also confirm a number of versions for Windows 7.
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Smorgasbord
by Bink on Tue 6th Jan 2009 23:59 UTC
Bink
Member since:
2006-02-19

F*uck you Microsoft! Take another page out of Apple’s play book and stop with the moronic version smorgasbord!

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RE: Smorgasbord
by poundsmack on Wed 7th Jan 2009 00:35 in reply to "Smorgasbord"
poundsmack Member since:
2005-07-13

ah the sky is falling to many edditions!?!?!?!

grow up. it doesnt effect anyone really, its just marketing hype.

1. your standard user doesnt know what OS or eddition they run half the time. I run a computer repair business and when i ask people if they are using XP Home or Pro, they don't know. but the reality of it is, they don't know because it doesn't matter. to them its all the same.

2. only business users or "geeks" need to even note what edition they have. so the other 12% of people (geeks and IT employees) need to actualy know whats in there OS "version." IT admins (like myself) need to be able to have it join AD and have the security policy editor, after that the server does the rest. Geeks want ____________ (add whatever you want based on need). that blank can be extra medai functions, better gaming suport, cool (useless) eye candy, the list just goes on.

3. 95% of people stick with whatever was preinstalled on their machine, and they are fine with it.

conclusion: most people don't know or care that there are different flavors of windows. those who do know usualy dont care for a good reason, example being the people who say that everyone needs to release the source to everything, regaurdless of if it actually effects them.
and last, and certainly not least, those who know and actualy need a different version to do something specific make up about 1% of consumers (i am obviously not including businesses who only use the business version).

so there you have it, stop whining already. if it bugs you that much get a Mac or put a piece of tape over your monitor where it displays what version you have...

(i don't spell well, nor proof read)

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RE: Smorgasbord
by flanque on Wed 7th Jan 2009 01:36 in reply to "Smorgasbord"
flanque Member since:
2005-12-15

F*uck you Microsoft! Take another page out of Apple’s play book and stop with the moronic version smorgasbord!


As opossed to the smorgasbord of linux distribution variations? If ever there's confusion about what variation to install, it's in the Linux operating system bubble.

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RE[2]: Smorgasbord
by sbergman27 on Wed 7th Jan 2009 01:45 in reply to "RE: Smorgasbord"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

If ever there's confusion about what variation to install, it's in the Linux operating system bubble.

You often jump too quickly to conclusions, flanque. The OP seems more partial to OpenBSD. And last I looked, there was one OpenBSD. He has a point, and is standing on firm ground. And your post was tangential to that topic.

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RE[2]: Smorgasbord
by UltraZelda64 on Wed 7th Jan 2009 03:37 in reply to "RE: Smorgasbord"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

As opossed to the smorgasbord of linux distribution variations? If ever there's confusion about what variation to install, it's in the Linux operating system bubble.

At least with Linux, there are some noteworthy (read: major) differences between distros. They tend to cater to their own specific purposes of existence quite well, and then there are the general-purpose distros that don't hold anything back. Almost all of them being free, of course.

Windows is meant to be a general-purpose OS, so you'd expect it to have just about every OS-related feature that you need... yet, you always get the feeling, "man, I got screwed--I have to pay more to get another feature that I was able to use perfectly fine on another computer that had Windows [version] installed."

Either that, or you plop 400 bucks down on Ultimate (for whatever reason), and feel screwed for spending so much money just to be able to run your computer (and still being limited by things like the number of other computers allowed to connect to it at a time). You're basically screwed either way, the way I look at it.

Too bad Microsoft won't get realistic on their SKUs and pricing... yet, they'll practically pay certain governments in developing countries to use (and get locked into) their operating systems.

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RE[2]: Smorgasbord
by dagw on Wed 7th Jan 2009 15:06 in reply to "RE: Smorgasbord"
dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

As opossed to the smorgasbord of linux distribution variations?

What does that have to do with anything? Just because there is someone worse doesn't make you good. Being second from last should never be anyones goal in any situation. The OP is spot on. Microsoft really should cut down on the number of versions they offer, no matter what Linux or anybody else may or may not do.

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RE[2]: Smorgasbord
by RRepster on Wed 7th Jan 2009 17:06 in reply to "RE: Smorgasbord"
RRepster Member since:
2008-06-18

Linux users are more tech savvy and thus know the distro differences; therefore there is no confusion which you claim.

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RE[2]: Smorgasbord
by Piranha on Wed 7th Jan 2009 21:33 in reply to "RE: Smorgasbord"
Piranha Member since:
2008-06-24

Where does Linux fit in here at all? You really can't speak about "Linux" being catered to average users anyways, as this is simply incorrect. What user would know how to take source code, compile themselves a kernel, and build a userland? What we're focusing on is a distribution, and last I checked there was ONE Ubuntu, ONE Debian, ONE FreeBSD (by the way, OSX is based on BSD NOT Linux..), but you get my drift.

With a distribution like Ubuntu, at least people now have a sense of what they're running (maybe not what's truly lying underneath) and say "I'm running Ubuntu". They aren't saying "I'm running Linux version 2.6.19 cause 2.6.20 is too bleeding edge for me, and not sable enough". Even now, people are saying they're running "Windows" regardless if they're running Home or Ultimate.

And yes, the "Ultimate", "Home", "Business" really needs to be retired. With OSX, they have "OSX Leopard" or "OSX Leopard SERVER". When a customer sees "server" they are at least [usually] smart enough to know not to get that. Plus, the cost alone would likely deter them away.

Edited 2009-01-07 21:35 UTC

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