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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 Muirgheasa on 11/16/2007 9:30:49 AM , Rating: 2
What exactly is false? I don't think they actually say anything which is factually incorrect; it's all just slagging, basically. I really don't think Microsoft would get very far in a lawsuit alleging that their computers don't crash, anyway. Do you?

Everyone on here just hates Apple...

...plain and simple.

RE: Those Commercials...
By TomZ on 11/16/2007 9:57:14 AM , Rating: 5
I can't speak for everyone, but I personally don't dislike Apple - but I really don't like their arrogant marketing. It is a real turn-off for me, strong enough that it makes we want to never buy an Apple product. Apple thinks they are superior to everyone else, and in my opinion, that's just ugly.

RE: Those Commercials...
By clovell on 11/16/2007 11:29:15 AM , Rating: 1
That's about how I feel as well. Only thing I'd add is that the Apple faithful generally rub me the wrong way.

RE: Those Commercials...
By Muirgheasa on 11/16/2007 11:40:22 AM , Rating: 2
Well, fair enough, I may have exaggerated a little, and they may be annoying (to some people). But it still isn't false advertising, in fairness to them.

RE: Those Commercials...
By afkrotch on 11/17/2007 11:49:53 AM , Rating: 2
So the fact that the advertising always shows the PC as nothing more than a workhorse isn't....false?

How about the commercial where the Mac and PC are holding hands, then Japanese digital camera comes along and holds Mac's hand. Showing that Mac easily supports the camera, while PC doesn't without drivers. Ya...pretty false. Last I checked, Mac hardly supports any hardware.

Course every single one of those ads is false. Why is the PC always a guy in a suit? PC = personal computer. Doesn't that kind of negate the whole corporate work image?

RE: Those Commercials...
By hinchesk on 11/17/2007 8:12:20 AM , Rating: 2
Everyone on here just hates Apple...

You're getting that too eh... good lord man.

Worse than a religious war, not much sense bringing in logic I guess. Can you imagine how these threads would be going if Leopard needed 2Gb RAM or 10-11 months for 1st major update?

I've never owned a Mac, lots of PC's over the years and I've had just about enough of the nonsense, i.e. huge h/w upgrade for every OS upgrade, defragging HD's, cleaning registries, AV scans and resident programs, spyware/malware scans, mysterious setting disappearances, etc.

Time to buy a Mac I think and if I need to do some gaming I'll boot(camp) into XP. Too bad Apple can't let go of the reigns long enough to build a headless Mac desktop with some upgradability. Damn billionaires.

RE: Those Commercials...
By Rockjock51 on 11/20/2007 3:26:19 AM , Rating: 2
"i.e. huge h/w upgrade for every OS upgrade, defragging HD's, cleaning registries, AV scans and resident programs, spyware/malware scans, mysterious setting disappearances, etc."

And boot camping into XP is going to solve all that? Still the same OS.

"Folks that want porn can buy an Android phone." -- Steve Jobs
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