Microsoft must spend some days gazing around in a stupor. The company continues to print money yet its most recent product launch of Vista fell on deaf ears. Microsoft of course wants money, but it also wants to be thought of as a leader in the software world, and with Vista it is definitely following...but who it's following, nobody knows.
Now Bill Gates has declared that Windows 7, the next release of the operating system, won't be nearly as bad as Vista:We're hard at work, I would say, on the next version, which we call … Read more
Putting a dent into Microsoft's effort to resuscitate Windows Vista, carmaker General Motors says it is considering skipping the OS release entirely.
In an interview with BusinessWeek, GM technology chief Fred Killeen said that, for now, he's sticking with Windows XP.
"We're considering bypassing Vista and going straight to Windows 7," Killeen told the magazine. In particular, he pointed to the higher hardware requirements that would require many PCs in GM's fleet to be replaced. "By the time we'd replace them, Windows 7 might be ready anyway," he said.
Microsoft has … Read more
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates says sales of Windows Vista have been "rapid", with more than 140 million copies sold worldwide.
Despite the sales figures, Microsoft has admitted to struggling with the public's perception of Vista. Windows XP, Vista's 7-year-old predecessor, is still popular among both businesses and consumers.
Microsoft already extended the deadline for ending XP sales to large computer makers one time, allowing sales through June 30, as opposed to ending … Read more
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MIAMI--Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates on Friday indicated that Windows 7, the next major version of Windows, could come within the next year, far ahead of the development schedule previously indicated by the software maker.
In response to a question about Windows Vista, Gates, speaking before the Inter-American Development Bank here, said: "Sometime in the next year or so we will have a new version." Referring to Windows 7, the code name for the next full release of Windows client software, Gates said: "I'm super-enthused about what it will do in lots of ways."
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Microsoft plans to spend a lot of time in Los Angeles this fall.
The software maker had already said that, after canceling last year's Professional Developers Conference, this year's PDC would be held in Tinseltown October 27-30. This week, Microsoft noted that its WinHEC (Windows Hardware and Engineering Conference) will take place the following week, also in downtown LA.
Microsoft had previously said only that the show would take place in the fall at a West Coast location. The event typically takes place in the spring, but Microsoft said in November that it was postponing this year's event … Read more
For a long time now, Microsoft has been arguing that service packs are less significant than they used to be. What was once taken as a sign that a product had the kinks ironed out is now more a psychological milestone than a technical one.
That said, many are still pointing to the release of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 as a key sign to businesses that the product is ready to be taken seriously.