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Thursday, February 01, 2007


Microsoft Vista fails to impress online world

Agence France-Presse

SAN FRANCISCO - While Microsoft trumpeted Vista worldwide on Tuesday, the Internet rebounded with postings from people unimpressed or downright disappointed with the new operating system.
       As Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates headed a multi-million-dollar "the wow starts now" advertising campaign for Vista, headlines on weblogs and news websites included "Why you don't need Vista now."
       Critiques mocked Vista's grand promotion campaign, contending that the system which Microsoft spent five years and US$6 billion (S$9.24 billion) to create had little to offer that had not been available in Apple's Macintosh computers for years.
       "I think this Vista was just a joke," wrote a blogger at Microsoft-operated Windows Live Spaces website. "Just like Windows XP, it's gonna take like two years to work out all the kinks. And by the way, I'm still finding problems with XP!"
       Unlike the releases of Nintendo's Wii and Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3) video game consoles in November, people did not queue up at stores to buy Vista when it went on sale after the stroke of midnight on Monday, bloggers observed.
       "In fact, it was kind of the opposite," a Tech Blog author identified only as Josh wrote, "No one really cared."
       Bloggers complained that Vista was expensive and slowed down computers that lacked upgraded memory and graphics components.
       Vista also scanned computers to ensure that film or music files there were legally copied, bloggers complained,
       "They can search your computer via the Internet and delete any illegal files including music downloads," Josh said in a posting. "My privacy has been breached."
       Bloggers advised readers to put off buying Vista until flaws had a chance to be discovered and fixed.
       Online complaints included needing to upgrade most old software along with hardware to work with Vista. Major computer game publisher WildTangent has accused Vista of "breaking" many popular computer games.
       Some bloggers praised Vista features such as photo handling, speech recognition and desktop search, but contended that Vista offered nothing revolutionary.
       "Much of the new goodness has been available on the Macintosh for years," Mr Adam Hertz wrote in an online posting. "But, for those who wouldn't consider crossing that particular chasm, Vista seems like a good thing."


In 1996, I was already using speech recognition automation on my PowerMac 8500.


Hey, WinBloz users, how do you like your viruses, adware, and spyware?



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