Windows 7, the next version of Microsoft’s operating system, will go on sale Oct. 22, the company said. The latest version will replace Windows Vista. Microsoft says it plans to offer a tech guarantee program that would offer a free upgrade to Windows 7 for people who purchase computers that come installed with Vista before Oct….More
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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer addressed a packed auditorium of public sector technology executives gathered at the company’s Redmond headquarters for its seventh U.S. Public Sector CIO Summit this week. He touched on some of the economic themes that have come up in several of his speeches recently, giving his take on funding for innovative ideas in a down economy and investors’ reactions to Microsoft’s cost-cutting measures. Ballmer also expressed some disappointment in the progress of Windows Mobile and gave his thoughts on marketing Windows 7. Read on for highlights.More
Two more pieces of the Windows puzzle fell into place yesterday and today. Microsoft announced it’s nearing completion of Windows Vista Service Pack 2, which went out in near-final form to technical testers yesterday. And this morning, the company described some of the changes it’s making in Windows 7 as a result of feedback from people who have tested an early version of that program — all of which made a presentation today by Mike Cherry, a Windows expert at Directions on Microsoft, particularly relevant. Cherry, like many analysts, thinks Microsoft is on track to release Windows 7 ahead of schedule.More
With one major case challenging Microsoft’s Windows marketing practices nearing a make-or-break juncture, another one was filed. A woman sued Microsoft in federal court in Seattle this week claiming that the company abused its monopoly power to force her to pay extra for a downgrade from Windows Vista to its predecessor, Windows XP.
Emma Alvarado bought a laptop from Lenovo on June 20, 2008, with Windows Vista Business preinstalled. She paid Lenovo “an additional $59.25 in order to ‘downgrade’ her operating system to Windows XP Professional.” Alvarado is seeking class-action status. Here’s a copy of her complaint, filed Wednesday: 13-page PDF.More
Microsoft today urged its business customers currently using Windows XP — and there are a lot of them — to consider “the risk of skipping Windows Vista.” Deploying Vista now “will make the future transition to Windows 7 easier,” Gavriella Schuster, a Microsoft senior director, wrote on a new Windows for your Business Blog.
Of course, with Windows sales in the tank last quarter, Microsoft has every incentive to push Vista, the operating system it has in the market now, rather than Windows 7, due out sometime in the next 12 months.More
According to Microsoft’s official schedule, Windows 7 is due out no later than a year from now. Many expect it sooner, but the company has stuck with the same schedule: The next version will be out no later than three years from Windows Vista’s general availability, which was Jan. 29, 2007 — two years ago today. And what a two years it’s been for Microsoft’s flagship product. …
No doubt, Microsoft and many Windows users are eager for what’s coming next.More
What do hard-core PC gamers have under the hood? Bellevue game maker Valve collects lots of data to answer that question through Steam, the game company’s online PC games distribution platform, which boasts 15 million+ accounts globally. Today, the company relaunched a public results report from the Steam Hardware Survey and the top operating system is Windows XP 32 bit, which was running 68.7 percent of the computers surveyed in November.More
Microsoft released beta versions of Windows Vista Service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 to subscribers of MSDN and TechNet today. Public beta versions are due Thursday. Details on Microsoft’s Windows and Server blogs.More
In a document unsealed today, plaintiffs challenging Microsoft’s marketing practices refined their argument that “Vista Capable”-labeled PCs sold in 2006 and early 2007 allowed an upgrade to an edition of the operating system that “cannot fairly be called Vista”.More
Another set of documents unsealed in the Windows Vista Capable class action lawsuit lays out the plaintiffs’ arguments in favor of deposing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, something the company has opposed on the grounds that he “has no unique personal knowledge of any facts at issue.”More