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Microsoft Lied About Vista for Several Years and It is Now Lying About Vista 7

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Summary: Microsoft's large circle of self-serving liars is shown for what it really has been and how history repeats itself

WINDOWS VISTA was a disaster. To say this used to be a taboo but now it's the consensus. How come? Well, it's called PR.



Microsoft knew that Vista was bad, but it whitewashed the media as long as it could afford it (bribed bloggers, denials, and so on). Based on unsealed internal E-mails, they knew Vista was a pile of garbage, but they had to carry on smiling and lying to the public about their product.

Now that Microsoft has a replacement for Vista out the door (it's similar to Vista in many ways), Microsoft's CEO says that Microsoft wasted time on Vista. But wait. Just over a year ago he said: "we're not going to have products that are much more successful than Vista has been." Is Ballmer schizophrenic or just an opportunistic liar?

In a chat with fellow CEOs at Microsoft's 14th annual CEO Summit, Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer came close to admitting Vista was a dog.


Here is another report about it:

During the speech, Ballmer took an honest-yet-surprising turn and admitted that Microsoft fell short with Windows Vista. "We tried too big a task and in the process wound up losing thousands of man hours of innovation," Ballmer said. He added that Microsoft spent too many years building the Windows Vista operating system, but then paused to question about the appropriate time frame for research and development.


Our reader Tim has said: "That's not what your advocates said at the time....

"When's the Windows 7 confession Ballmer? Or is it "different" this time? To me its always "different" until you want to flog something new."

Tim later wrote this blog post on the subject. He covered key points about the AstroTurfing.

Remember the comments we highlighted here in regards to Vista from the Microsoft faithful at the time? Complete denial of any problems and in fact we highlighted many comments such as “Vista is loved” or it being a “gift to the world”…I ask any Windows user here to think back to that time (and Im emailed by Windows users so I know they read this) and say, if MS Faithful were praising the Vista product then and now Ballmer admits this, what worth can you put into the voice of any Microsoft Advocate? – I’ll let you decide and Microsoft’s catalogue is eaten away by the plethora of alternatives.


We too remember very well how Vista was praised in the press in its early days. Recently we showed more and more of the creases and wrinkles of Vista 7, including major security bugs in Aero. Yes, even Aero is a security issue now [via]. Vista 7 is a new brand for another piece of junk that only meets a market with better- or higher-specked PCs. These PCs in turn become more powerful zombies that make up destructive botnets which the FTC needs to decommission at taxpayers' expense.

The Federal Trade Commission today got a judge to effectively kill off the Internet Service Provider 3FN who the agency said specialized in spam, porn, botnets, phishing and all manner of malicious Web content.

The ISP's computer servers and other assets have been seized and will be sold by a court and the operation has been ordered to give back $1.08 million to the FTC.


For a reminder of Vista 7's security problems, see the links below. We addressed the lies about Vista security over two years ago.

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