__/ [ Linønut ] on Monday 27 February 2006 12:15 \__
> After takin' a swig o' grog, Roy Schestowitz belched out this bit o'
>> That's 8 of them actually -- a nugget of information that leaked due to
>> yet another embarrassing blunder:
>> So what is the deal then? Either you pay premium prices at the start or
>> you use your credit card to enhance (READ: unlock features of) Vista.
> Included in those listed offerings was Windows Starter 2007, a
> stripped-down version for emerging markets to offer an alternative for
> pirated software. There was also a basic and premium edition for the
> home as well as versions for both businesses and large corporations,
> according to the reports.
> The Web site also listed a high-end product named Windows Vista
> Ultimate that targets gamers and heavy multimedia users, reports
> Shares of Microsoft fell 26 cents to $26.44 in afternoon trade, in
> line with a near 1 percent decline on the Nasdaq.
> Microsoft worked for years to supposedly get to one code base, and now
> they're already (apparently) smearing the Vista brand name.
> The article also calls it "much-anticipated".
> By whom?
> Industry pundits?
No, by us. Those who can't wait to get the tutu on when the first critical
patch is released. When the customers are yelling with great frustration
that their current edition cannot do X and Y. When people need to wait
another 5 years for something more functional than Windows 2000 to come out.
No WinFS, no command-line tool, no security, no support for fairly-decent