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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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RE: Those Commercials...
By DeepBlue1975 on 11/16/2007 9:13:46 AM , Rating: -1
But the woman in the pic seems to have great legs!

I can stand the bullshitting if those legs are well shown (you only need to turn the volume down).

Seriously, though, I think the commercials are funny, regardless of the veracity of their content.
It's sad that a company has to resort to talk badly about its competitors to promote its products, but some of those commercials are funny.

Apple is and should be worried because all they have now is their OS, as their machines rely on almost the same hardware than PCs do... Except for the external design and some minor differences.

I liked it when Mac had its own hardware which was really different from PCs hardware, same goes for Sillicon Graphics and many other companies that I started to dislike as soon as they trashed their own hardware in favour for standard PC stuff.

(I guess my post is a bit offtopic, but hey... the first post here was commanding the offtopicness, so I don't feel too guilty :D )


RE: Those Commercials...
By afkrotch on 11/17/2007 11:31:50 AM , Rating: 5
Of course. Cause, who doesn't like having hardware that's locked down into one company, so they can be screwed on prices?

I mean, thought we all loved that. I mean, I hate having the ability to easily go 1 block down the road to pick up parts for my computer. I'd much rather drive 40 miles to the nearest medium sized city to find an Apple Store.


RE: Those Commercials...
By DeepBlue1975 on 11/20/2007 4:03:53 PM , Rating: 2
If Macs were less expensive some years ago, they would have been more widespread and they wouldn't have needed to ditch their own hardware (I liked mac's hardware till the G3, after that, PC offerings started to look much better to me).

People who bought macs all the time didn't worry about themselves being locked to just the expensive MacWorld for everything they wanted for their machines.

I never had a Mac because I didn't wanna get locked up, but I liked very early solutions very much.
Technology that doesn't make it through time is not always because it's bad technology, sometimes it simply isn't the moment or there are cost issues (I remember DEC's Alpha chips, IBM's MCA architecture on their early PCs instead of the ISA bus, and things like that)


"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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