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10.25.12

Vista 8 is Heading for the Garbage Can, Suggest Early Reports

Posted in Marketing, Microsoft, Vista 8, Windows at 6:05 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Vista 8 is not wanted by businesses and tablets that it runs on are failing because of software bugs, deficiencies, and relatively high cost

Microsoft and the abusive monopolist which (co-)created it have begun working to save the sinking ship (a pivotal franchise known as “Windows”). We shall give some examples.

The disaster which is Windows phone will soon infect the desktop side, striving to be Android (in vain of course). Sites that are paid by Microsoft and Gates have been poking fun and on the face of it Microsoft leaves old versions of Windows well behind, knocking down fallbacks for those who require them (recall the role of XP SP3 in the days of Vista).

“The disaster which is Windows phone will soon infect the desktop side, striving to be Android (in vain of course).”Some of the usual suspects have been starting entire new sections titled “Windows 8″ and ZDNet, which did this for Vista 7, is also part of this media charade (Microsoft spends a billion dollars on it) that includes criminal celebrities with a media empire in their pockets. Never mind if those celebrities cheapen and harm workers, those celebrities are being used as a promotion tool [1, 2, 3, 4] for Vista 8. There are many articles that are just ‘planted’ in sites in order to promote the unwanted software. It is worth noting that real journalism is overwhelmingly negative on Vista 8. For starters, companies already reject Vista 8. To quote Reuters: “There was once a time when the launch of a new Windows operating system was a huge deal for the technology departments in many businesses. Not anymore. Microsoft Corp’s release of Windows 8 on Friday is likely to be a non-event for most companies — and some experts say many may never adopt it.”

Cringely predicts a failure:

What we have here is the Microsoft Bob effect, where change runs amuck simply because it can, compounded in this case by a sense of panic in Redmond. Microsoft so desperately need Windows 8 to be a huge success that they’ve fiddled it into a likely failure.

He noted that: “Beta versions of Windows 8 this week lost their nifty Aero user interface, which Microsoft’s top user interface guy now calls “cheesy” and “dated,” though two weeks ago he apparently loved it. Developers are scratching their heads over this UI flatification of what’s supposed to become the world’s most popular operating system. But there’s no confusion at my house: Aero won’t run on a phone.”

Microsoft mouthpieces like Bott get rebutted after they echo Microsoft talking points in ZDNet. Surely the propaganda campaign starts when ZDNet hails Surface success while no numbers are even disclosed!!! To quote: “The 32GB version of the Surface tablet without a Touch Cover — a type of keyboard/case — is currently listed as “Temporarily sold out” on Microsoft’s UK online store. It’s not known how many units Microsoft had available to order in the UK…”

Of course not, it is a marketing strategy. Pamela Jones wrote: “Remember when they told us the Nokia Lumia with Windows 8 had sold out when it first launched?”

“The same model sold out in the US last week, but we are reluctant to associate that too closely with actual popularity because we have no idea how many units were available in the first place,” notes The Inquirer. “Shipped is not the same as sold,” writes a reader of ours, noting this article. Speaking of this tablet, it has been receiving many negative reviews [1, 2] primarily for its software side, i.e. Windows, being unfit:

Tech bloggers and other reviewers praised Microsoft Corp’s new Surface RT tablet for beautiful design but said a shortage of applications and a slow operating system meant the result was heartbreak for users.

As for the mobile side of Windows, it gets ridiculed except when the writers are Microsoft boosters. longtime Microsogft boosters like Ben Worthen try to put lipstick on a pig and other Microsoft boosters like Mr. Bishop and NetworkWorld's fake FOSS blog do this on the desktop side. The Windows promotion has been sickening and it almost always comes from sources close to Microsoft or shallow thinkers (repeating Microsoft’s claims). It’s more like a favour than actual coverage. GNU/Linux users doubt Microsoft’s claims, whereas Gates- and Microsoft-funded mouthpieces like the Gartner Group get pulled into rebuttals as it becomes clear that spin-doctoring is far too rampant. Microsoft said it would spend a billion dollars on it, so this was all along expected. Interestingly enough, Forrester has not been soft on Microsoft when it comes to Vista 8. It’s a mixed bag:

As Microsoft launches Windows 8, and with it, an attempt to stabilize a precipitous decline in its share of operating systems for “personal devices,” 2013 is going to be a tough, very tough year, research firm Forrester said today.

“This is a pivotal movement for Microsoft,” said Frank Gillett, an analyst at Forrester and the lead on the report “Microsoft: The Next Five Years,” that was released Monday. “But 2013 is going to be ugly.”

Who paid for this report and what does the remainder of it say? Either way, some of the analysts whom Microsoft has been paying for years are unimpressed by Vista 8 even before its arrival (which is when Microsoft typically bribes people the most in exchange for favourable coverage). This happens every time.

Android is already the best selling operating system; Vista 8 will do nothing substantial to change this.

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2 Comments

  1. Needs Sunlight said,

    October 25, 2012 at 6:15 am

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    The difference here with Vista 8 in contrast to Vista is that Vista 8 is getting 1.5 billlion in marketing. That’s a lot of say-for-pay punditry, shills, astroturf and spam.

    http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/10/microsoft-estimated-to-spend-1-5-billion-on-windows-8-marketing/

    Basically from here on out, any positive coverage of Vista 8 can probably be traced back via the money to this marketing campaign. It may be destined for the garbage can, but like Xbox, it can be a money loser and still get all kinds of (paid) positive spin.

    http://www.destructoid.com/microsoft-s-xbox-division-loses-229-million-226215.phtml

    1.5 billion, if real money, can keep even a failure in the spotlight for a long time.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Yes,. the trickle-down economics of marketing.

    Microsoft seeds $1,500,000,000.

    One way or another, those willing to promote the dud will pocket some of this money. The middlemen, PR companies, pocket the rest.

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