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Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

Category: Windows Vista
June 2, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Windows 7 on sale Oct. 22

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….


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March 4, 2009 at 8:09 PM

Ballmer explains how investors are reacting to cost cuts; says WinMobile 6.5 ‘not the full release we wanted this year’; talks Windows 7 marketing

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.


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February 26, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Filling in more details on the Windows Vista, Windows 7 maps

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.


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February 13, 2009 at 6:51 AM

Microsoft sued over charge to downgrade Vista to XP

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.


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February 11, 2009 at 2:12 PM

Microsoft pushing businesses to dump XP now, not wait for Windows 7

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.


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January 29, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Windows 7 officially no more than a year away

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.


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December 12, 2008 at 2:38 PM

Steam Hardware Survey: More than 68 percent of PC gamers running Windows XP

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.


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November 26, 2008 at 10:45 AM

Plaintiffs refine argument in ‘Vista Capable’ suit, arguing dropped graphics requirement created ‘third tier’ of Vista

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”.


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