EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

06.21.10

The Economist Says “Migration From XP to Windows 7 Has Been Little More Than a Trickle”; Windows News is Still News About Flaws

Posted in Google, Microsoft, Vista, Vista 7, Windows at 3:11 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Vista 7 starts now

Summary: The unpleasant side of Windows, which includes expiries, lack of security (with no remedies), and even large-scale abandonments

MICROSOFT IS trying to move users not just to Vista 7 but also to Fog Computing, which gives Microsoft control of these users’ data. The Economist advertises this and it also contains this reminder that Vista 7 is not selling better than Vista. It’s just a load of hype and Microsoft’s usual game with numbers that are meaningless — or worse — highly misleading (we provided an explanation before).

And yet the migration from XP to Windows 7 has been little more than a trickle. While Microsoft may not like to admit it, the majority of Windows 7 adoptions have come from people buying new computers with the latest operating system already installed, rather than purchasing an upgrade for their tiresome Vista computers, let alone old XP workhorses.

Looking at Google News for the past week, we found nothing about “Vista” (in the headlines) and almost nothing about “Windows 7″ (and none about “Silverlight” for example), except one Microsoft booster talking about SP1 and a couple of press releases. It’s almost all silence. The marketing blitz is more or less over.

“Even users who move on to Windows XP SP3 are still exposed.”Microsoft is now officially dumping Windows XP SP2 [1, 2], which means security headachs for those who don’t move up (original here). Windows Server 2000 is named among the expired products, but it has not actually been patched for a long time. Microsoft may have already violated its agreement.

Even users who move on to Windows XP SP3 will still be exposed. There are those who resort to blaming Google for Microsoft’s incompetence here (notably InformationWeek [1, 2] and Forbes blogs). It’s an exercise in more blame-passing, making Google the “bad guy” for revealing a Windows weakness that needs fixing. Even Murdoch’s press wrote about it amid controversy.

The incident—along with another episode last week where a Google Inc. researcher went public with a security flaw in some Microsoft Corp. software before the company fixed it—have revived debate in the technology industry over how exactly people should go about disclosing security problems.

This critical security problem is actively exploited [1, 2, 3] and there is no solution to it yet. As IDG puts it (also here):

Anyone running Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 needs to update their registry ASAP.

Yes, registry hacking seems to be the only solution (however temporary). Try telling one who is a computer rookie to do this (without breaking the entire operating system) or come under attack [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]. Yet Microsoft insists that Windows is easy to use and that registry hacking is not ever necessary.

It’s really no wonder that Google keeps raving about its abandonment of Windows (also on all desktops). This is the kind of trouble some of them have had to cope with. Windows reduces productivity and imperils actual work.

Speaking of Google, Microsoft still pretends that it invented the “background image”. We wrote about it last week, but it’s still in the news.

Microsoft took a potshot at Google’s bid to spice-up its search page by adding a feature to add background images.

Google was probably doing it better anyway (it’s not hard to just place an image from a stock that’s nice looking).

In conclusion, Windows has serious security problems that dominate the news. Other than that, Windows news seems to be about lackluster response from the public and lost market share. All Microsoft can do is point fingers at companies like Google and resort to ridicule. It’s rather pathetic.

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

A Single Comment

  1. Needs Sunlight said,

    June 21, 2010 at 4:37 am

    Gravatar

    The GUI for Vista7 is even uglier and harder to use than XP. I still remember the howls of protest from Windows cultists when they were forced into the dilemma of religiously buying updates from Bill but having to move to an even less useful GUI. Then XP SP2 broke all their applications. It was a bigger pain and larger change than most OS upgrades yet it was called a service pack.

    If there are still jerks out there running Windows, they tend to whine about wanting to keep the familiar UI. I find XP to still be butt-ugly, however, for those that swing that way, there is a linux distro designed to have that hideous XP look and feel: China’s Sunwah Linux known as RAYS LX Linux Desktop Distribution. It’s based on Debian, like many other distros, and it is possible to download and install, though many of the pages are in Chinese.

    For those that want to ‘keep using XP’, it is their best choice, but unlike XP, it is virus-free.

    A side note: to pass the ANZAC nations in the field of computer technology, China does not have to create anything new. It only has to catch up to where we were 10 or more years ago.

    Obviously because of the subsequent infection with of Windows and Microsoft products into the public and private sector, the ANZAC nations have not just fallen behind, but actively traveled backwards. So using what was available 10 or more years ago will put China ahead technology-wise.

    Also, the burden that Microsoft products place on workers means that were they use them, workers produce 20%-30% less output despite greater effort. So China’s industry and public sector is more productive without the Microsoft albatross.

    Lastly, China is so obviously large in many ways that computerization (real computerization, like ANZAC had in the 1980′s) will boot them over the goal line between the goal posts and out through the back of the net. Before computers became infected with Microsoft products, they saved time and boosted productivity.

    DHS ought to be wiping NTFS partitions off of all hard disks at the border.

What Else is New


  1. Italy is Cracking Down on Microsoft's Monopoly Abuse While Gradually Moving to GNU/Linux

    Italy is not only moving to Free/Open Source software but also to GNU/Linux while at the same time barring Microsoft from forcibly tying Windows to new PCs



  2. OpenSUSE's 'Assurances' Are Classic MBA School Hogwash

    OpenSUSE is not part of any commitment, except for SUSE's; the impact of the Novell/SUSE acquisition casts uncertainty on the project's future



  3. Links 16/9/2014: Firefox OS Smartphones in Bangladesh, “Treasure Map” of the Internet

    Links for the day



  4. The United Kingdom Should Dump Microsoft For the Sake of National Security

    The UK has issues of Microsoft dependency and Windows viruses; its migration to Free software and GNU/Linux is not fast enough to guard its autonomy in the age of digital imperialism<



  5. CBS Hires Even More Microsoft Staff to Cover Microsoft Matters

    CBS continues to be infested with Microsoft staff past and present (this time Dave Johnson) and the bias in output is quite revealing



  6. Microsoft Has Just Killed Minecraft for GNU/Linux and the Possibility of Free/Open Source Releases

    Persson sells out to Microsoft and lets the abusive monopolist destroy the popular cross-platform game that a community has been built around



  7. Another Reason to Boycott Intel UEFI

    More anti-competitive aspects are revealed inside UEFI, which helps merginalise GNU/Linux



  8. Quick Mention: Novell and SUSE Passed to Microsoft's 'Partner of the Year', Microsoft Focus

    Novell is changing hands again, and falling into the hands of even more Microsoft-friendly actors



  9. Links 16/9/2014: Linux 3.17 RC5, KDE Frameworks 5.2.0

    Links for the day



  10. Željko Topić, Benoît Battistelli, and the European Patent Office (EPO): Part II

    Part II of our look into the EPO appointment of Željko Topić and other matters showing the dubious integrity of the EPO



  11. Links 14/9/2014: Android-based Watches Earn Optimism

    Links for the day



  12. Links 14/9/2014: Eucalyptus Devoured

    Links for the day



  13. Links 11/9/2014: Linux Toilet Project, Linux-Based Wheelchair Project

    Links for the day



  14. Links 10/9/2014: Brian Stevens in Google, Ubuntu 14.10 Expectations

    Links for the day



  15. Links 9/9/2014: Hating/Loving Linux, Android Aplenty

    Links for the day



  16. Links 8/9/2014: Linux 3.17 RC 4, Switzerland Welcoming Snowden

    Links for the day



  17. Suspicion of High-Level Corruption at the European Patent Office (EPO): Part I

    The European Patent Office (EPO) Vice-President has a background of corruption and his appointment to the EPO too is believed to be reliant on systemic corruption



  18. Links 6/9/2014: Core OS at DigitalOcean, Women in Xorg

    Links for the day



  19. Software Patents 'Quality' Debated in Courts, Microsoft's Biggest Patent Troll Still a Chronic Liar

    Intellectual Ventures, Microsoft's and Bill Gates' largest patent proxy, continues to spread lies about its motivations, claiming that patent assessment is among the goals when in fact only the courts and patent offices do this



  20. New Article Explains How Bill Gates Prevents Schools From Moving to GNU/Linux and Free Software

    A new article from Al Jazeera provides details about the role of so-called 'charities' of billionaires inside school systems



  21. Microsoft Sued for Large-scale Copyright Abuses

    Microsoft reveals its disregard for copyright law which it loves so much to wield as a weapon against its competition and clients



  22. Links 5/9/2014: New WordPress, Systemd Debate Continues

    Links for the day



  23. 'Embrace and Extend' at Microsoft: The New Generation

    Some of the latest examples of Microsoft's predatory acts against Free software and against competition in general, disguised as acts of friendliness



  24. Bill Gates' God Complex: Common Core a One-Man Campaign of Greed and Control

    The push for Common Core is overwhelmingly dominated by Bill Gates, who intimidates and even resorts to retribution against critics while bribing those who help him accomplish the goal of privatised (for his private profit) indoctrination in US schools



  25. Bill Gates Investments Harm the World, Not Improve the World, Based on New Exclusive Piece of Investigative Journalism at The Nation

    The Gates Foundation's profiteering efforts and lack of ethics outlined in a new report that many sites around the Web find fascinating and mostly irrefutable



  26. Links 3/9/2014: Android Gadgets, New Tails OS

    Links for the day



  27. Linus Torvalds DebConf Talk

    Torvalds' latest talk which got media attention earlier this month



  28. Microsoft Should Not be Considered Too Big to Jail

    Microsoft continues to use dumping as a strategy which revolves around starving the competition, not beating the competition



  29. Pro-Software Patents Voices Finally Acknowledge the Demise of Software Patents in the United States

    A milestone is reached as even the most zealous supporters of patents on algorithms (or computer-implemented inventions, or software patents) are admitting that the era of software patents may be over



  30. New Lies About Microsoft 'Privacy' and New FUD Against the GPL Comes From 'Former' Microsoft Staff at Black Duck

    More AstroTurfing by sites that are run by Microsoft MVPs and firms which were created by people from Microsoft


CoPilotCo

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts