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Microsoft employees carry a coffin for Apple's iPhone  (Source: Carl J)

  (Source: Carl J)
Microsoft is pretty confident about how Windows Phone 7 will perform in the marketplace

Well, we can say that the folks from Redmond definitely have a morbid sense of humor. In celebration of the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft held a mock funeral for two of the stars of the smartphone community: the Apple iPhone and RIM's BlackBerry.

According to Neowin, there were hearses for both the iPhone and the BlackBerry along with Microsoft employees dressed up in Windows Phone 7 garb. Microsoft even went so far as to have employees performing the infamous "Thriller Dance" to celebrate the hope that Windows Phone 7 will bury the competition.

Interestingly enough, while Microsoft definitely had Apple and RIM in its crosshairs today, “dead” Google was nowhere to be found. There were no hearses for the Android OS, so either Microsoft just overlooked this "minor" detail, or it doesn't think that it has the muscle to bury Android so quickly.

Windows Phone 7 is reportedly set to launch on October 11.

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RE: It would be appropriate
By Belard on 9/12/2010 9:45:41 PM , Rating: 1
I've meet my share of "experienced" who don't know squat. Its rather odd that anyone would prefer vista over 7 and then claim to be experts.

When Vista was very new and limited XP, a friend's mother; about 80yrs old - needed a new PC right there and then. I didn't have time to build. So we picked up a Compaq with Vista. Yeah, not top-end with a P4-Class CPU, 1GB of RAM... but it was cheap and ALL she needs to do is (A) check her email and (B) play Solitaire since her hands are very bad. Her old Celeron 300mhz HP had died that day and a 2+Ghz CPU should be more than enough to handle the job.

I cleaned out the crap and useless junk and got that machine as fast as it'll ever get. For almost 2 months, at least once a week - she'd call me about THIS not working, lock-ups, not shutting down, not booting up, running slow... RUNNING SLOW for an 80 year old WOMAN?! Solitaire CRASHED constantly and while it looks great, MS's made the game require more hand-strokes/button presses to work so the game HURT her hands! I've donated another GB of RAM, a bit better.

Screw this!

She spent $100 for XP-HOME, I got on the phone with HP to find the hidden XP drivers over various FTP & HTTP locations.
I wanted the drivers ready to go, and I started unpacking the 40mb audio driver. Get this...

Vista spends about 2 minutes, calculating HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE TO UNPACK THE FRACKIN FILE! TWO MINUTES!! Then it starts unpacking and reports it'll take something like 8~10 minutes! WTF! I stop that, pulled the plug (screw shutting down vista and what little data she had was on my USB key), I completely wiped out the HD, installed XP.... get this, that SAME 40mb ZIP file unpacked in about 35 seconds! On my own desktop, that same file would take about 15~20 seconds (we're talking 3-4 years ago).

Yeah.. Vista rocks! 2mins+10min to unpack a ZIP file vs. 20seconds under XP... thats really advanced! Bull.

And of course she was complaining about the UAC... UAC bugs you about adjusting your video settings!! WTF?! etc etc, over and over again - non-stop. Yeah, I killed that too.. vista still ran like crap.

Anyways... since the day I replaced that vista crap with XP, I've never heard a peep about any computer issues. I talked to her today... she never talks about her computer or at least any issues.

Yeah, the people who lived through vista and have 8~12GB of RAM have nothing to complain about I guess. I was afraid Win7 was going to be just as crappy (memory wise) as vista, so I built even bottom-end PCs with 4GB and Windows7 MCE/PRO... memory was cheap back then too, $50~60 for 4GB (thanks to vista).

Since Windows7 came out, I've yet to upgrade my Quad core system from its original 2GB. I have other things to spend $50 on. A date and movie, gas, etc. Only 1 game, Supreme Commander - kills my memory with medium to large maps. oh well.

I've installed Win7-RC on very old computers... like 1.6Ghz AMD-32 with 512mb of RAM...and they ran better than vista systems with 3GB.

I've been encoding while typing this. 1GB free.

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