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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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Looking forward to SP1
By gochichi on 11/19/2007 9:11:56 PM , Rating: 2
I hope they add something in the way of "candy" with Service Pack 1. I need some Expose killing, Spaces emulating version of Vista... b/c right now the performance hit is just not worth it for a little bit of translucent windows.

Seriously, look at Beryl/Compiz... Microsoft desperately needs to come out with some options.

In terms of the Apple ads, there is absolutely no grounds for Microsoft to sue Apple. That's a hilarious reaction. What's not hilarious, is that they are filled with truth, people really get upset about them and start (or continue?) "hating Apple".

In any case, I think Apple should stop these ads. I personally enjoy them, and think they're quite funny and effective. But there's got to be a better way for Apple to reach out to people. For instance, they could release a regular desktop.

If no manufacturer has "retaliated" to Apple with an ad, it's because they simply don't make something that's better, let alone better enough to be able to mock Apple. You wouldn't see a Ford Focus competing with a BMW 3 series would you?

One last point in that. Why does Apple focus on "PC" if it's products are so good? Because there are still millions of people that haven't realized how much better, how much of a leader Apple is... and how much of a clone, how much of a follower Microsoft is.

Anyhow, most of us aren't "PC users" nor "Mac users", we use what we want to or need to use. Just like you very well may have different brands of cars in your household. You're not going to buy a BMW for every car are you? BMW doesn't even make a pickup truck... so if you need a pickup truck you do what? Use an X5 b/c you can only use one brand.

That having been said, Vista SP1 is something I'm very much looking forward to. I think Microsoft could be and should be making a better product. This isn't about Apple, it's about Microsoft being up to no good.

The loyal Mac user is a thing of the past. As soon as other companies start making great products at a better price I'll stop buying Apple's products. As I see things now, there's no other company that even makes laptops in my mind. IBM used to make laptops that were on par with Apple, but the Lenovo takeover has those laptops looking kind of remedial now. Sony makes cosmetically appealing, overpriced junk. If you require a laptop with a decent screen... where the f**k else do you turn to? Not HP, not Sony, perhaps Lenovo?? Dell,... really? Dell? With all these laptop manufactures how is it that nobody can make a better product than Apple?

It's not just mediocre Vista that makes PCs inferior, it's all of the mediocre brands that build PCs too. They can't even give a brand new computer that's free of junk ware??? They can't even give you disks to re-install the OS with... instead they just take up 10GB of your hard drive with a disk image and that's it. You would think throwing a couple of DVDs would not be a big deal even for the cheapest laptop sold.

So is Apple in a position to gloat a little bit? Yes. Get over it. BMWs are better than Fords... get over it.

Looking forward to Vista SP1, because I think it's important for Microsoft to have a better product, and because I expected a better product when I purchased Vista Ultimate. If you think that because I am aware of the reality that Apple is running a better business right now than the PC industry... that this somehow makes me a zealot, you're wrong. I want Microsoft to make a kick ass product. I want a great laptop for $700.00 ... that would be nice.

Microsoft really dropped the ball with Vista, if they hadn't why are so many of us complaining? And it's 2007 going on 2008, it's really not too much to ask for a modern window manager and multiple desktops.

"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov
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