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Microsoft to kill support for Vista SP1 *YAWN* No-one cares.

July 5, 2011 | 1

Thanks to the never ending vigilance of Alex Wilhelm at The Next Web we learned that as of July 12, 2011 Microsoft will be no longer offering support for Vista with Service Pack 1 installed. This means no more security related updates but if you insist on running Vista you will be advised to upgrade [...]Read More

Priceless Microsoft Moments: Windows Vista Fails

March 26, 2011 |

Yes live television is rough and for Microsoft it didn’t help that they were trying to show off a feature of Vista; but then this is something that the company should be use to by now considering how many of their live demos have failed in the past. Read More

Priceless Microsoft Moments: Vista SP1 Music Video

January 23, 2011 |

I don’t even know where to start with this one. I mean I get that Microsoft can do some wacky stuff once in a while but riffing on Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen in an internal Microsoft video is beyond wacky.Read More

Remember Longhorn? This is what the dream was suppose to be

November 14, 2010 | 1

I remember when all the information was coming out about the next version of Windows, codenamed: Longhorn. For all that made its way into blogs and the mainstream press there really isn’t that much out there about what Longhorn was going to bring to the table.Read More

Tides a changin’ – Windows 7 is going to take over

August 19, 2010 |

Despite all cynical and unenthusiastic speculations of Windows 7′s failure to compete with XP, and its being another Black Screen issue, a full year of probation has cleared all doubts. Windows 7 is a hit, and XP is expected to retire this coming 2014.

ZDNet’s Ed Bott provides some interesting figures about Windows 7. It was released August of last year with only a very small segment who dared to participate in its try-out period. Users normally wouldn’t take the risk, let alone big corporations, but those who did in fact take the risk determined it was worth it.

With many positive reviews and comments from the media and users themselves every month, Microsoft has sold 100 million copies last Spring, and it rose to 175 million this July. Microsoft is expecting a sale of 30 million copies per month, with a total of 350 million by the end of the year. That’s a huge figure.

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What people are missing about the “Apple’s Vista moment” comment

July 14, 2010 | 2

First off I just want to say that like Alex Wilhelm at The Next Web I think it is refreshing to see upper management types at Microsoft getting enough confidence and backbone to do some real smack talking. I am of course talking about the statement made by Michael Turner at the Worldwide Partners Conference [...]Read More

Malware writers fine-tuning their nasties to specific OS versions

June 15, 2010 |

Well this is a new one on me. Apparently there is a new trojan out there, Trojan-Downloader-Tacticlol, that will only operate on Vista or Windows 7 machines. The team at Webroot report on their blog that numerous attempts to infect an XP machine, regardless of patch level, failed every time. They ran their attempts on [...]Read More

Microsoft needed its Vista moment

May 20, 2010 |

There is no getting around the fact that Vista was a really big disaster for Microsoft, even more so than Windows ME was (we won’t go down the Microsoft Bob road).

During a chat with CEOs at Microsoft annual CEO Summit Steve Ballmer came as close as he ever has to admitting that Vista was a low point for the company. Ballmer is quoted by Paul Hales at the blog as saying to the CEOs:

“How do you get your product right? How do you help the customer? How do you be patient?” he asked, as if he knew the answer.

What he did know was that Microsoft spent too many years building Windows Vista. “We tried too big a task and in the process wound up losing thousands of man hours of innovation,” he said.

The thing is, as bad as Vista was for both the company and the consumer I think it was something that had to happen. Sure it was a period that really sucked for Windows users and saw a lot of them finally make the jump to Apple but Microsoft needed to realize that the computing landscape has changed.

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