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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: " Give Windows Vista Another Chance"
By crystal clear on 11/16/2007 6:09:04 AM , Rating: 2
Microsoft: Give Windows Vista Another Chance

That's the message from Microsoft !!!!

In an interview with CMP Channel, Mike Nash, corporate vice president of Windows Product Management, said

So it's time for organizations that have stayed with Windows XP to take another look at upgrading.
That's the message from Microsoft, which is in the midst of a pre-holiday full court press to dispel what it feels are misconceptions about Vista that have sprung up since the operating system's release in January, and which have caused many businesses to remain in a Windows XP holding pattern.

My response-I think M.S. should be speaking a lot to companies to get their opinions on Vista before they can dispel those misconceptions.

By giving interviews/advets etc is not the right way.

Here are some examples-

Still, some solution providers simply don't see enough of a business case to warrant recommending Vista to their business customers. Dan Hogan, vice president and COO at DSR, an Elkridge Md.-based solution provider and Microsoft partner, says the combination of technical uncertainties and the cost of migrating an entire organization to Vista is keeping customers on the sidelines.

"Most of my customers are staying on XP Professional, and I think businesses are going to hold off as long as they can until the word is out there that Vista is fixed and running smoothly," Hogan said.

My response-

Note :

until the word is out there that Vista is fixed and running smoothly,

" the combination of technical uncertainties and the cost of migrating


But despite the rosy picture being painted by Microsoft, some channel partners say the OS is still as unpredictable as a bucking bronco when it comes to porting applications from XP to Vista.

"The biggest problem is that I can't install Vista on a client's network that has any pre-existing software without the risk of needing to spend 4 or 5 hours working on it," said Jay Tipton, vice president at Technology Specialists, a Fort Wayne, Ind.-based solution provider.

"For business owners, it just doesn't make sense to pay someone to sit there and debug. Someone is going to have to pay for the time needed to make it work, that's what it boils down to," added Tipton.

My response-

Someone is going to have to pay for the time needed to make it work, that's what it boils down to,"

M.S. should take these hints seriously !

RE: Microsoft: " Give Windows Vista Another Chance"
By TomZ on 11/16/2007 8:11:14 AM , Rating: 2
I certainly understand the views you're echoing here, however, I think there is also a problem with expectations as well. It's important to keep in mind that Vista is a major OS update, and along with any major update, there are going to be HW driver and application compatibility issues to work through. This has been true of every major Windows release up until now, and I'm a bit puzzled as to why people expect Vista to be any different.

Vista does a really good job with compatibility overall, but Microsoft doesn't have a magic wand that can make all the engineering tradeoffs just simply vanish. Some OS changes are going to affect existing code, and in some cases it is better to spoil old code so that the OS can move forward, for features that are important in the OS.

By crystal clear on 11/16/2007 9:02:33 AM , Rating: 2
Imagine yourself as CEO of a major organization discussing this issue of switching over to Vista with your IT manager & staff.

You are taking certain calculated risks-to take that fateful decision.

You are scared inside that this move could backfire,even though you dont show it-So what do you do ?

You tend to play it safe.

But if you had M.S. assisting you in the actual switch over to Vista,with their qualifed manpower guiding you till the end & training your staff at the same time.
M.S absorbs a portion of the Cost elements involved

You will feel more confident to take the decision to switch.

You are ultimately responsible for the success or failure-so you prefer to wait it out or delay it.

Not that simple/easy being a CEO

By crystal clear on 11/16/2007 9:47:53 AM , Rating: 2
A repost of an earlier comment of mine-

RE: Waiting on the first SP...
By crystal clear on 9/29/07, Rating: 2
By crystal clear on 9/29/2007 6:47:58 AM , Rating: 2

May be this could help you-

Microsoft has announced the Windows Vista Application Compatibility Factory.

ACF is a cooperative venture between Microsoft and "services partners" such as Satyam Computer Services, Tata Consultancy Services, and Wipro Technologies. ACF will consist of an assessment of the current applications with a "high-level" scan for compatibility problems. Then, a few pilot applications will be tested for compatibility followed by broader testing and remediation. Once all the bugs are squashed, Vista will be rolled out to all the desktops and laptops in the company

The 3 companies mentioned are India based & good reputations.


The cost involved in getting these companies do the jobs should be split between M.S. & the buyer (here me the company)

"Can anyone tell me what MobileMe is supposed to do?... So why the f*** doesn't it do that?" -- Steve Jobs
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