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Microsoft is Lying About Vista 7 Sales, Bloat

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Summary: Microsoft generates hype in very dishonest ways and Vista 7 is shown to be buggy and disliked by some

WE already know that Vista 7 is about as heavy as its predecessor and our reader Ryan, a former Microsoft MVP, insists that Vista 7 is more buggy than Vista (which is why he prefers Vista). Microsoft runs a campaign of disinformation for Vista 7, just as it did for Vista back in 2007. The latest round of disinformation revolves around the financial results, which seem like another case of book-cooking [1, 2] (Microsoft's CFO quit the company at the end of last year). We will provide more details on that at a later stage, but in the mean time, here are our long discussions about it (just yesterday in IRC, but this carries on today). To quote just a fragment of the points being raised:



DaemonFCa negative quarter disguised to look like their best one since the launch of XP is what they didJan 29 00:27
DaemonFCby delaying pre-sale incomeJan 29 00:28
Chips_B_Malroyits all in the math, the preception, the PR, the spin, the lies of marketing of M$Jan 29 00:28
DaemonFCthey borrowed heavily from their third quarter to bolster their fourth quarterJan 29 00:28
DaemonFCon paperJan 29 00:28
Chips_B_MalroyDaemonFC, yes, but I give them a small bounce out of Seven.  Give the devil his dueJan 29 00:29
DaemonFCIt's like if I borrowed $300 from myself this month and put it in savings and had a shitty hell of a time breaking evenJan 29 00:29
DaemonFCthen next month I'm $300 aheadJan 29 00:29
Chips_B_Malroyexactly the same thingJan 29 00:29
Chips_B_MalroyBallmer wants to pretent that MS is now recoveredJan 29 00:30
Chips_B_Malroybut Seven has been selling for awhile nowJan 29 00:30
DaemonFCit's not that I did better next month, it's that I put the hurt on myself this month to have a great on paper bank statement next monthJan 29 00:30
DaemonFCyes, that's a common trick in businessJan 29 00:30
Chips_B_Malroythat last link had some interesting figures on how much stock MS is buyingJan 29 00:30
Chips_B_MalroywowJan 29 00:30
Chips_B_Malroythey are trying to drive the stock price up is my thoughtJan 29 00:31
DaemonFCChips_B_Malroy: In business you want to cut expenses or make more sales, preferably bothJan 29 00:31
DaemonFCMicrosoft isn't doing either very wellJan 29 00:31
DaemonFCWalmart does both very well, despite how evil they areJan 29 00:32
DaemonFCthey know that if they put in skylights they can turn most of the lights off and lower their electric billJan 29 00:32
Chips_B_MalroyDaemonFC> M$ isn't dead or dying, just wounded right nowJan 29 00:32
DaemonFCtheir PR department then calls it "going green"Jan 29 00:32
Chips_B_Malroyit will die, if it continues on its present pathJan 29 00:33


According to this new report from The Register, technical problems are afoot for Vista 7. Microsoft desperately needs to sell the illusion that businesses are adopting Vista 7, even if whenever they buy a new computer/XP it still counts as "Vista 7" (that's a trick Microsoft also used to fraudulently inflate Vista numbers).

“In order to give the impression that Vista 8 is just around the corner, Microsoft is creating some new buzz and dates are named.”The Register writes that "Laptop owners upgrading their Windows XP and Windows Vista machines to Windows 7 are complaining that Microsoft's new OS has severely reduced their available battery life." The author quotes a person who wrote:€ "I was having excellent battery life until I installed the RTM of Windows€ 7 - all RC and beta builds that I installed I had nearly three hours of€ battery. Now, I have about 20 minutes and Win7 shuts down my laptop..."

As Richard Rasker puts it (regarding the above), "I don't see the problem. Not only does this save a huge amount of energy, as the cause seems to be flaky Windows behaviour, not actual battery drain, but it incites people to get off their lazy ass and do something useful instead of staring at their laptop screens."

Microsoft need not worry though. It has already moved on to Vista 8 vapourware. This one will fix everything, they promise us. In order to give the impression that Vista 8 is just around the corner, Microsoft is creating some new buzz and dates are named [1, 2].

"The purpose of announcing early like this is to freeze the market at the OEM and ISV level. In this respect it is JUST like the original Windows announcement...

"One might worry that this will help Sun because we will just have vaporware, that people will stop buying 486 machines, that we will have endorsed RISC but not delivered... So, Scott, do you really think you can fight that avalanche?"

--Nathan Myhrvold, Microsoft



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