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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 16nm on 11/19/2007 10:39:25 AM , Rating: 1
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I think Microsoft should sue the shit out of Apple for those commercials. False Advertising. Plain and Simple.


I seriously doubt Microsoft would want a very public case with end-user testimonies defending Apple's side. Even though we all KNOW that Apple is not really any better, this could be very damaging to Microsoft. Apple knows this. Microsoft knows this. The commercials will continue. At least they are good for a laugh.


RE: Those Commercials...
By gochichi on 11/19/2007 9:31:44 PM , Rating: 1
How could you possibly "KNOW that Apple is not really any better" when in fact, Apple is better in many important areas. It's undeniable that Vista unsuccessfully tried to emulate Mac OS X Tiger. How can you even debate that point?

You damn Windows zealots, stop calling reasonable people with logical reasons, proof, practical experiences... zealots. Open your freaking eyes to the reality.

Long long ago, there was UNIX. Microsoft was "inspired by UNIX" and created DOS which was worlds cheaper than UNIX. UNIX of course was better and still is. Talk about coming up with a good frame work... UNIX's frame work is still the best available even today.

Xerox came up with something amazing. Apple started to copy it and perfect it and make it feasible right away. Then Microsoft started copying Apple... which was OK since Apple copied Xerox. Apple, like Microsoft had spaggetti code up to OS 9. Apple being a company about to loose it's ass, it ditched its past and built upon UNIX and used it's GUI expertise to build Mac OS X. Had Apple not built upon UNIX, then perhaps Mac OS X would be just as bad as Vista... but this isn't the case. Mac OS X is basically the best, closed source version of Linux with widespread support. Except it's UNIX.

Seriously, Microsoft zealots are just pissing me off these days. Your blind support just allows for crappy products. I would love it if instead of your blind loyalty, you too were asking for someone to step in and build something open (not necessarily open source, just not as closed as Mac OS X) that could actually be on par with OS X if not better. It's more that possible, why can't we stop being OK with buggy mediocrity from Microsoft when it stands as one of the richest companies in the world? They could be and should be setting the pace, and not Apple. But as much as I want them to, they simply are not. Open your eyes.


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