Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Oct 2010 22:23 UTC
Windows "Windows 7 might be a massive commercial success and an undeniably rock solid piece of software, but Microsoft is apparently unwilling to rest on those soft and cozy laurels. Asked about the riskiest product bet the Redmond crew is currently developing, its fearless leader Steve Ballmer took no time in answering 'the next release of Windows'." Also of note in this same video interview thing: Ballmer states that Silverlight is now pretty much strictly a client, non-cross platform thing, while explicitly stating that when it comes to doing something universal, "the world's gone HTML5".
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RE[3]: Risky?
by gus3 on Sun 24th Oct 2010 01:52 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Risky?"
gus3
Member since:
2010-09-02

Yes, but systems pre-installed with Windows Vista had the option to "downgrade" to Windows XP. I don't see a correlating Windows Vista "downgrade" option for systems with Windows 7 pre-installed.

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RE[4]: Risky?
by vodoomoth on Sun 24th Oct 2010 13:54 in reply to "RE[3]: Risky?"
vodoomoth Member since:
2010-03-30

Yes, but systems pre-installed with Windows Vista had the option to "downgrade" to Windows XP. I don't see a correlating Windows Vista "downgrade" option for systems with Windows 7 pre-installed.


Don't make it sound like a universal truth. It isn't. I wish I had the option to downgrade my Amilo Xi2528 to XP. All components were pretty much bleeding edge at that time and the documentation, specs, etc., all stated explicitly that the computer was not compatible with XP. Given the speed, dual core, memory and raid storage, XP would fly on this system. Unlike Vista which has been the worst experience I've ever had in front of a computer. Disappointing no matter what criteria I think of, to the point that I am just waiting (and hoping) for this laptop to die. The only good point is that I could disable both their ludicrous 3D alt+tab thing and Aero.

If downgrade was an option at that time, which I didn't know since this is the first time I read or hear about it, then fine. But not all systems sold the first year Vista was out had that option. At least not the Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Xi2528 in western France.

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RE[4]: Risky?
by orestes on Sun 24th Oct 2010 18:56 in reply to "RE[3]: Risky?"
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2005-07-06

Actually, the option for OEMs to offer that right has been there a long time, same as any other volume customer. The reason it was so prevalent with Vista is MS was utterly idiotic in their usage of the "Vista Capable" branding and OEMs knew it.

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RE[5]: Risky?
by sj87 on Sun 24th Oct 2010 19:23 in reply to "RE[4]: Risky?"
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2007-12-16

Microsoft lowered the Vista capable -specs for a number of reasons, mainly because Intel asked for it. Intel wanted unrealisticly low requirements so that OEMs could bundle Vista with crap hardware. Microsoft didn't ask Fujitsu or HP to serve Vista laptops that couldn't handle Vista, they themselves chose that road.

The OEMs knew they were selling crap and it's not Microsoft's fault. Not really fair the people went to court against Microsoft and not HP nor Dell nor the rest of the criminals.

Edited 2010-10-24 19:30 UTC

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