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Apple pokes fun at Microsoft's Vista woes in its latest advertisements... again
Microsoft rolls along with SP1 updates

While Apple is using its latest round of TV commercials to further push the butcher knife into Windows Vista -- specifically, Microsoft's decision to extend the sales of Windows XP and allow users to downgrade Vista to Windows XP -- the boys in Redmond are hard at work on the first service pack for the operating system.

Microsoft released the Service Pack 1 (SP1) beta to a select group of testers in late September. The update cured many of the ailments that afflicted Windows Vista since its retail release on January 30.

"Improvements were also noticeable in resuming from Hibernation or Sleep on both my desktop PC and laptop running SP1," remarked Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc in September. "I discovered copying files from one directory to another is a bit faster. And on my laptop - battery life seems to be improved since running SP1. I have also noticed that transferring files to my shares on my Windows Home Server are a bit faster than they were previously without SP1. Overall performance in accessing my mapped network shares is improved as well."

Yesterday, Microsoft released a new Release Candidate (RC) build (6001-17042-071107-1618) of SP1 to testers. The latest build weighs in at 434.84MB for the x86 version and 734.3MB for the x64 version.

Testers who already have the previous SP1 beta installed, however, will run into somewhat of a roadblock when it comes to the new RC build.

"Windows Vista SP1 does not support build-to-build upgrades," states Microsoft. "Therefore, if you have installed a previously release build on your machine, you have to uninstall this old build before installing the next build of Windows Vista SP1."

Windows Vista SP1 RC is currently available for download from the Microsoft Connect website for current SP1 testers.



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microsoft should fight back
By bryanW1995 on 11/15/2007 3:09:16 PM , Rating: 5
microsoft should hire the same actors for their own commercial. they could have the pc guy playing crysis multiplayer online while the apple guy played solitaire ... with himself.




RE: microsoft should fight back
By clovell on 11/15/2007 3:14:07 PM , Rating: 5
> while the apple guy played solitaire ... with himself.

That made me laugh.


RE: microsoft should fight back
By Mitch101 on 11/15/2007 4:20:12 PM , Rating: 4
Have you seen these? Includes the Linux community too.
http://tv.truenuff.com/mac/


RE: microsoft should fight back
By mfed3 on 11/16/2007 3:16:30 AM , Rating: 3
jesus, talk about poor taste in comedy. not funny. at all. any of them. i couldnt watch more than 5 seconds without cringing and shutting it off.


RE: microsoft should fight back
By Squibby on 11/15/2007 3:21:12 PM , Rating: 5
Microsoft probably couldn't get away with it. Apple is the underdog in the OS market, so they have the social leeway to be mean or make fun of their competitors. Microsoft, however, has the image as the giant company that picks on all the little guys, so if they made a similar ad, it would not be looked upon the same way as the Apple ads. It would be seen as Microsoft just being a bully, especially since most of the Apple ads are based on exaggeration and untruths, which Microsoft again can't participate in without a lot more scrutiny.
It's exactly the same reason the Microsoft has to stay out of the OLPC thing, since anything they try to do to help will be viewed as them being ultra competitive instead of trying to help.


RE: microsoft should fight back
By blackbrrd on 11/15/2007 3:35:41 PM , Rating: 3
It would be funny though :)


RE: microsoft should fight back
By GoodBytes on 11/15/2007 3:47:09 PM , Rating: 2
A good way to fight back would be to actually make commercial.
Since Vista released, I only saw (I'm in Canada) 1 so-so ad pass only once on TV, and that was like several months ago.


RE: microsoft should fight back
By GoodBytes on 11/15/2007 3:48:37 PM , Rating: 2
like they did with WinXP


RE: microsoft should fight back
By Schadenfroh on 11/15/2007 4:04:34 PM , Rating: 2
They are usually embedded in PC maker's advertisements.


RE: microsoft should fight back
By just4U on 11/15/2007 8:13:22 PM , Rating: 2
I am in Canada to.. and while I only catch maybe 8hrs or so of television a week, I do see atleast 1-2 Vista comercials... Strange that you dont.

Anyway, I like the mac comercials. They are always good for a quick chuckle. Yep they poke fun at the PC but so what. We all use them so it's kinda like a inside joke that I doubt is really ever taken seriously.


RE: microsoft should fight back
By mfed3 on 11/16/2007 3:19:31 AM , Rating: 2
no need to, bundled with every consumer pc on the market. unless ur a moron and pick ubuntu from dell.com for the same price or $50 less than vista home premium with office.


RE: microsoft should fight back
By onereddog on 11/15/2007 4:26:21 PM , Rating: 3
I dare that in reality those actors would have been required to sign a contract saying that they wont be in an add which is competitive to this one.


RE: microsoft should fight back
By FITCamaro on 11/15/2007 6:47:48 PM , Rating: 5
I'd love a commercial where the PC guy shoots the Mac guy and buries him near an apple tree.


"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan

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