NewsBytes – Saturday 28th August 2010

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XP RIP 25/10/01 – 22/10/10

It seems Microsoft is going to retire Windows XP on 22nd October – no, really this time! As reported by one of the few MVP’s I have respect for:

…Windows XP, up to this point, was one of the most popular versions of Windows and continues to dominate the desktop PC market.  However, Windows 7 is making steady progress to eventually overtake it…


To which I would remind everyone that it’s not surprising since the majority of new machines purchased will be Windows 7 OEM whether you like it or not.  (Read here for a related article)

Warner & Disney being original?

Maybe.  Its being reported that Disney and Warner are going after agencies that advertise on “illegal” Bittorrent trackers.  Since everyone else has failed to make a dent on the piracy issue, this latest tactic just won’t work.  By demonizing the file sharer with actions of the past, what has happened is a community has been created.  Just look at the way ACI or TBI are written about on the net.  In fact TBI seems to have pulled out of the file sharing “work” due to the massive bad press it generated.  I would say the file sharing community is now a rather powerful voice on the Net and its all been created (in my opinion) by the tactics of some instead of reasoned discussion at the time to find a solution.

Disney and Warner (I would expect) will find that the community “monster” they have helped to create will further turn against them and even if they were successful, does anyone really believe that in the absence of adverts trackers/indexers would disappear anyway?

Torrentfreak reports:

There have been many innovative anti-piracy strategies over the years, from simple scare tactics to high profile hammer-blow aggression, from ISP pressure to the more recent attempts at domain name seizure. This week, a new tactic has been witnessed in the United States – an attack on those who provide financing for file-sharing venues – the advertisers.


The LHC Lives on!

A lawsuit against the LHC has been rejected by a court in Hawaii.  Concerns in the suit about the dangers of the LHC are reported to have no evidence offered to back up them up.

Softpedia reports:

A Court in Hawaii has just rejected a new lawsuit brought against the Large Hadron Collider. The plaintiffs failed to produce any evidence that the machine is dangerous, the ruling says…….The decision was passed down on August 24, by a Hawaiian appeals court. The judges said that the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the US National Science Foundation (NSF) could not be held responsible for any ill side-effects that may derive from using the LHC.


Microsoft and its phone skeletons?

Microsoft has phone woes? if it can’t sell you phones you want to buy it can jump on the coat tails of those that do (Android) since it doesnt appear that anyone is particularly excited about Windows Mobile 7.

Readers to Openbytes will have read my experiences of WinMob and maybe understand why Microsoft products (phone in this case) are not looked at too favorably.  Just remember, if you are at Redmond….Don’t mention the f’Kin phone and there will be a chair coming towards you on Mobile 7 launch day if you mention it!

Dr Schestowitz says in his report which covers these topics and much more:

…So, why is Microsoft so desperate to make Android Microsoft dependent? Well, it’s because their own phones are failing and market share is falling. Microsoft’s mobile reality is gloomy. Vista Phone 7 [sic] won’t change much, definitely not with its reliance on Silverlight..


You’re all sued! – Paul Allen shows you how to make friends?

Interval Licensing – a firm owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is allegedly suing Google, Apple and Facebook (and others).  No, not to become the most unpopular man in the IT but because its claimed they have violated patents.

The patents involved allegedly are:

— U.S. Patent No. 6,263,507, for “Browser for Use in Navigating a Body of Information, With Particular Application to Browsing Information Represented By Audiovisual Data.”

— U.S. Patent No. 6,034,652, for “Attention Manager for Occupying the Peripheral Attention of a Person in the Vicinity of a Display Device.”

— U.S. Patent No. 6,788,314, for “Attention Manager for Occupying the Peripheral Attention of a Person in the Vicinity of a Display Device.”

— U.S. Patent No. 6,757,682, for “Alerting Users to Items of Current Interest.”

(From Reuters)

Reuters reports that one of the named companies said:

…an unfortunate trend of people trying to compete in the courtroom instead of the marketplace.


Goblin –

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Microsoft to flog the dead horse with $400 million+ ? – Windows Mobile 7

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Cast your mind back to some of the Microsoft adverts of the past.   Lets reminisce with a wry smile at the shoe commercials that were supposed to be funny.  Let’s remember the Windows 7 party adverts that were so wooden, that they made an episode of Home & Away look like a cinematic masterpiece.   Then we had the “Kin” the f’Kin (sic) phone that must have hurt Microsoft badly when not only did the advertising fail to impress, but the phone itself was dumped shortly after (allegedly after pushing only a few more than 500 units).

It appears Microsoft just can’t relate to people with many products or its advertising in my view.  For example, it’s very easy to tout success with Windows 7, when as my recent article touched on, you get no choice over what comes pre-loaded on your machine when you enter a store.  I could tout millions of deployments of my operating system if I was able to preload it on all the machines at a retailer.

That aside though, its been reported that Microsoft is to stuff 400 million dollars in the war chest to pimp their next experiment (Windows Mobile 7) and it will be investors (I would assume) who are thinking that with this figure, plus the giveaway of phones to Microsoft employee’s should prove very costly if Win Mob goes the way of the Kin.  After all, Windows 7 Mobile is said by some to be its “next of Kin”

When you consider the popularity of Android (with or without the Microsoft tax on it) and Apple’s offering, one has to wonder if 400 million is enough, or indeed if you could put a figure on the advertising revenue needed to rescue Win Mob 7 from the fallout of the Kin and the issues some people had with Win Mob before it.

Don’t worry though, if Windows Mobile fails, they can always try again because as long as people buy into the experiment then there will always be a “next time”.

In the meantime we can wonder if the 400 million will be well spent.  Here are a selection of comments regarding “campaigns” we have seen before from Microsoft:

…The House Party video is so bad I hurled not laughed. It is godawful disgusting marketing…….The video is so 1950s bad and boring, I wonder if there is some hidden revelation about Microsoft corporate culture. It’s all so staid, so contained, so contrived………Wouldn’t you just die if the Microsoft marketing makeover made you look like the people in the video?….

Source: Joe Wilcox – Betanews

…Let’s face it, the Windows 7 launch party concept was a complete and utter failure. The YouTube video Microsoft created to market the launch party concept certainly got attention, but for all the wrong reasons….Microsoft has had many failed attempts at being hip and cool. Microsoft Bob. The Office paperclip character. The Bill Gates / Jerry Seinfeld ads that seemed to require some sort of psychotropic mind enhancement in order for them to make sense. It just doesn’t work……

Source: Tony Bradley – PCWorld

…I just watched the promotional video of ‘Kin’ on Daily Telegraph and feeling disgusted….

Source: Jinnat Ul Hasan – Hasan Online

…In one scene, a young man pulls up his shirt and takes a photo of his bare chest before sending it to a female friend. The clip has sparked accusations that Microsoft is encouraging ‘sexting’…

Source: Claudine Beaumont – The Telegraph

We ought to remind everyone that there is a lot of sex and violence in Microsoft ads, which even had some of the company’s ads outright banned. We gave several examples in this Web site over the recent years.

Source: Dr Roy Schestowitz – Techrights

Do investors need any further proof that Microsoft ad campaigns are not always well received?  Who has faith that Windows Mobile 7 will be any different and even if it is, will it matter?  Sure there are people talking about Microsoft’s future phone endeavour, but these are professional and hobbyist tech enthusiasts.  The average consumer is busy raving about Android (in particular HTC) and Apple.

Microsoft seems to be claiming that many people are rushing to develop for Windows Mobile 7, but even if that’s true, what good is it if people are not buying into its advertising and more importantly, the product?

Goblin –

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Two Android Apps of the Week! – FXcamera & Appeak Poker!

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You could spend a career investigating the Android Marketplace, so with an hour or so to play with on my way to work each day, I can usually find one or two gems to highlight.  My only criteria is that they are free.  Lets take a look at this weeks Android discoveries:


My attempt at being creative with FXCamera. This is an example of Andy Warhol "mode". Any use? You decide!

The first app is FXcamera.  Why, I hear you ask should you need another camera app when you have a preloaded one with Android?  Simple, FXcamera offers a few “novelties” some of which work well, some of which are a bit of fun.

Upon running FXcamera you a presented with a screen offering you different effects, these are currently: Andy Warhol, Symmetricam, Fisheye, Polandroid and Toycam.

The package is currently in Beta although updates are regular.  The Polaroid and Andy Warhol “modes” work very well and Fxcamera integrates nicely into your OS offering to save or to send to the Internet.

I am still trying to work out how the Toycam makes your photo look like a toy.  I presume its the saturated colours that attempt to make the subject appear “plastic”, however in this early version, it doesn’t quite pull it off.

The Symmetricam is really quite self explanatory and makes a double of your picture, pasting the two together.   Fisheye, again pretty much says what it does.

So what is the point of this app when traditional photo editors can achieve these results anyway? Well, despite the fact that its “mobile”, you can also alter the effects to produce some interesting results.  Fxcamera costs nothing and is a great little app, that whilst can’t be expected to produce Photoshop like results, its certainly a bit of fun!

Simple and easy to play. Appeak Poker is a must for Android Texas Holdem fans!

Appeak Poker

Im not a gambler but I do like a game of “friendly” poker – especially when its not for cash and it’s played with people from around the world.  I even say this as I lost (17k game credit) in a game in the last hour!  A long time ago I review PokerTH for Linux which provided Texas Holdem with players from around the world.  I still play that game today.

It was only recently that my Android mobile computing experience was complete when I installed Appeak and had Texas Holdem in my pocket!  I won’t go into the rules here, but its a very easy to get into poker variant and incredibly good fun.

So what does it offer?  Appeak have created a very simple way to register and its all done in the package.  You are required to provide an email address (however as I would find out later that would be very useful)  After you have created your account, you can pick one of about 18 avatars.  The game itself plays very well.  Icons of other players are spaced out well so that they are easy to read and do not make the screen seem cluttered.  There is a chat facility whilst you play which I havent seen used much other than to give reports on whats happening within the game.  There is a leader board which shows the top players (based on in-game chips) and as you earn more money you are able to play on the larger stakes tables.

Whilst Appeak Poker is only in Beta, its still very solid.  I’ve seen reports from some users about maintaining a connection to the server, but I think that is more to do with their provider and not a fault of the software itself.  I encountered one crash, which when I reported it (via the in-game option) found that it had automatically called up my email client and sent the report, all seamlessly and without bothering me at all.

A really great Texas Hold Em game.  Whilst the graphics will not blow you away, do they need to?  This is Poker – and its great fun!  Strongly recommended, you can find this within the Market Place.

Goblin –

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Firefox Mobile – The fox in your pocket! – Windows Mobile shunned?

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Mozilla have announced the release of Firefox Mobile 1.0 (named Fennec) for phones running Maemo.  Based on the same engine as the hugely popular Firefox 3.6, it promises to have familiar features for the mobile version.  Looking at the promotional video (which can be found here)

Mozilla have to say:

Fennec is the codename of Mozilla’s mobile Firefox project. It’s built on the same engine as Firefox 3.6, with extensive changes to optimize performance and user experience on mobile devices.

Firefox for mobile is just like our desktop browser – secure, powerful and customizable. It’s packed with many of the same features including the Awesome Bar, add-ons, Weave Sync and Location-Aware Browsing. Available in more than 30 languages and counting, it’s the most modern mobile Web browser available. Learn more at our Mozilla Mobile page.

After watching the promotional video, I think that Mozilla have considered the needs of the end user (and the practicalities of using a mobile phone) very well.  There is an innovative way of accessing off screen menu’s so that the small displays found on mobile devices can be used fully for the webpage.  Add to that the promise of Firefox add-ins and it looks set to be a very customizable (and popular) mobile browser.  Time will tell, but when it hits Android expect me to be first in line for a copy.

Whilst Firefox moved away from what I wanted in a browser on the Desktop, I am encouraged by the video.  I certainly will be looking forward to a version I can download for the HTC Desire.

So what about Android?

With the popularity of Android phones, it seems strange that it was not released there first.  There is a massive Android user base already, who are apparently hungry for a well known browser that is familiar to the one they use on the desktop.  This is shown in the success Opera Mobile has enjoyed and one look at the comments in the marketplace suggest that it is widely favored over the default browser that is packaged with the users phone.  Speaking as an HTC Desire user, I certainly prefer Opera to the native browser and even though I cannot set it as default, I would much rather use that than the default offering.

So why was Firefox given a Maemo release first? Could it be that in this early development stage they don’t wish to deploy it to a large market risking early bugs destroying their reputation? or is it merely because the Maemo is further down the development line.

Windows Mobile being shunned?

According to the official announcement, Mozilla have stopped development of Firefox for Windows Mobile saying:

Firefox has stopped development for Windows Mobile indefinitely. Thank you to our contributors for their continued support and feedback. The last release for Windows Mobile was 1.1 alpha 1. If Microsoft releases a native development kit for Windows Phone 7, we will consider developing Fennec on the Windows platform again.

Its been a very bad week for Microsoft and mobiles and this will merely add to the woes of Microsoft’s mobile strategy which seems to now have all its hopes on Windows Mobile 7, which will be released into a market that is dominated by Android and Apple devices.

It could be argued that in light of the impending new Windows Mobile launch Mozilla are waiting until then, but one has to wonder if further damage will be done to the Windows Mobile brand reputation even before Microsoft has had the chance to tell us it’s what “everyone wants”.  The words “we will consider developing” hardly an endorsement or confidence in the Windows Mobile Platform and the apparent lack of information on a dev kit for it will hardly make for a plethora of apps and choices when Windows Mobile does launch.  Since we have all seen how popular 3rd party applications are with mobile end users, Id say those two comments do not bode well for Microsoft’s basket with all the eggs in.

Let us not forget either about Internet Explorer.  Whilst it’s losing its market share to Firefox (and others) does it not see the worth in producing IE for other platforms?  Apparently not and you can expect if Microsoft does catch on to it being a good idea, it will be far too late to get a foothold on the market, just like I think Windows Mobile will struggle (and fail) when its released this year (allegedly).

Goblin –

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Only a month on and the Kin is discounted?

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No, its not the Kin, but there is a striking resemblance. The Kin does not appear to have received too warm a welcome.

Microsoft’s recently released Kin phone hit the news almost immediately, with some people taking exception to its advert where Microsoft was accused of promoting “sexting”.  This was just the start and after promptly removing the section they were then accused by some of overacting.  I think its fair to say that since then the Kin has failed to worry any mobile phone manufacturer.

A few years back I remember entering a discussion on Microsoft Watch, where users were reporting that the Microsoft Zune was to be found in the bargain bin of stores (around the Xmas period)  Could the Kin be destined for the “bargain bin” too?

It may already be on its way.  It is being reported that Best Buy is offering a $50 discount on the price tag of  $50 and $100 for each device respectively.  This of course makes the Kin One free (on a contract) However, is this enough for the phone which has not exactly received rave reviews around the net.

So lets look at this Kin “bargain”.  Shaped like a bar of soap, the Kin comes in two models.  Creatively named Kin One and er… Kin Two.  Its been touted as a social networking phone with an advocate recently saying to me on Twitter, “it’s the greatest social networking phone that has ever been built.” which is strange because the Kin does not appear to have an app store (something which appeals to the younger generation that the Kin is aimed at) and also because the person saying it didn’t even own one.

Despite touting itself as a social networking phone, there is a lack of an IRC client which whilst it was pointed out to me is not that popular a protocol with the mainstream user, nevertheless, if I was to buy a social networking phone it would be an essential feature.

Moving on, PCW had this to say about the Kin phone:

There are no apps, there’s no Flash, and there are no games. And all of that is a bit baffling. But there are other features even more core to the social networking experience that are even more conspicuously absent……. Microsoft’s Kin has no instant messaging client, no appointment calendar, and no universal inbox. There’s no photo or video editing, and while the Kin does offer seamless photo and video uploading to certain social services, Twitter is not among them. The lack of Flash also presents potential problems with Web video playback, and the lack of any app support makes it impossible to correct any of these omissions with third-party programs.

Microsoft sound as if they have a bestseller on their hands ;)

And in respect of the Kin, the article concludes with:

I can’t for the life of me figure out what Microsoft was thinking.

To which I would respond, when have we ever?

You can see this review over at:

I am wondering if Microsoft have any direction at all.  For me this “Kin” experiment seems a wild shot in the dark with a desperate Microsoft hoping it will create a craze with this social networking phone.  I think its safe to say that won’t happen and in my view the only people who are talking about the product are those who are not the target audience and are using it to ask the question yet again, “What on earth is Microsoft up to?”

At least the Kin progressed further than the Courier though, although had I been at Microsoft and given the choice of the concept to market, there is no way I would have touched the Kin with a 10 foot pole and would have gone the Courier route.

Engadget had this to say in summary regarding the Kin:

….In the end, we’re left with two orphan devices — phones that feel like they should have been killed before they made it to market, but somehow slipped through……..Kin is one side of the family that needs to be disowned… quickly.

You can read this comment in the Kin One/Two review here: had these comments to say on the Kin One/Two:

…..this device kind of spoiled my excitement for Windows Phone 7 — it is definitely not the same (though they do have the same base kernel), but it seems to be a little peak into that window, and from where I am standing, I don’t like the view.

Oh dear.  Houston we have a problem.

The whole Kin concept would not be so bad if it wasn’t for the fact that Microsoft has produced this “product” in a market where you have Apple, HTC and numerous others producing phones which are massively popular.  Microsoft really thinks that in todays market a soap bar shaped phone aimed at social networking (yet according to reviews lacks features) they can push these things onto people?

So the only question remaining will be, how much money will Microsoft actually make on its latest idea? and I would pity the teenager who surrounded by their Apple owning friends pulls out a Kin.

Microsoft on the other hand is apparently very pleased with its latest creation, over on a press release found here, we read:

the picture became clearer and clearer of what this socially connected generation really wants in a phone, and what they haven’t been getting from devices on the market to date…..

So there you go.  The Kin is what YOU want.  I wonder if we will receive a Ballmer confessional about the Kin, this time next year?

Goblin –

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Is Microsoft saying “Please use our products”? – MS pleads for support?

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Whilst H1N1 is no joking matter, I would think Microsoft wanted Silverlight to spread just as quickly.  Unfortunately for Microsoft (IMO) people were already immune and Silverlight did not make its way into our desktop like Flash.
Whilst H1N1 is no joking matter, I would think Microsoft wanted Silverlight to spread just as quickly. Unfortunately for Microsoft (IMO) people were already immune and Silverlight did not make its way into our desktop.


Theres a few pieces of Microsoft news here.  Firstly its been reported over the last few days that Microsoft is releasing Silverlight for Moblin.  No, not some .net chasing version like Moonlight, but the real thing.  Theres a link to the article here.

There’s been plenty of news recently about the dumping of Silverlight.  Most notably for me was when ITV switched to flash, which I documented here.

It is my opinion that Microsoft has finally learned that people are not blindly following it anymore.  People can and will look at alternatives to “Microsoft’s way” and in my opinion Microsoft is now desperate to get its Silverlight platform accepted.  To remind ourselves of how Silverlight is being received look no further:

“Microsoft has lost customers when Silverlight didn’t live up to its expectations, even after Silverlight 2 was released., which switched from Flash to Silverlight to stream live baseball games beginning in August 2007 with Silverlight 1.0, said in November—a month after 2’s release—that it was dumping Silverlight and had signed a two-year deal with Adobe to use Flash again for live streaming.”

Read the rest of this excellent article by Elizabeth Montalbano at MacWorld:

ITV had this to say regarding its dumping of Silverlight (although in my opinion somewhat none comital as to why):

ITV can confirm it has switched from Microsoft’s Silverlight to Adobe Flash to support the ITV Player on

and also said on their Twitter feed:

As you’ve probably gathered, we’re now using Flash on our site rather than Silverlight.

We also only need to cast our mind back a few months to when MLB dumped Silverlight in favor of Flash too.

The Register has this to ask:

The awkward question: If it’s that easy to port Microsoft Silverlight to Linux, why does the Moonlight project exist at all?

A reader of Openbytes recently refered to Silverlight as Silverblight, which although a good take on the name is inaccurate, how can it be a blight when IMO few people want to use it?  In my computing world Silverlight has had little to no effect and infact if it wasn’t for ITV using it at one point I don’t think I would have ever had any contact with it.

How things change?  There was a time when Microsoft could count on users following like sheep to every RC they churned out.  Now it seems to me that the only advocacy they get is when offering prizes, gifts and enticements to users in order for them to pimp themselves in cyberspace in order to get a freebie.  When sales reps are being trained in counters to Linux in favor of Microsoft products does that suggest to you that Microsoft products are actually the best on the market?  I didn’t see these type of tactics being used for Firefox yet its already taken IMO a massive chunk of IE’s share.  Why?  Because people actually like it.  Simple.

Keeping on topic and talking about Moonlight and Mr De Icaza, there is also “controversy” recently regarding RMS allegedly saying that Mr De Icaza was a “traitor to open source”, this has obviously started up the blog posts of RMS loosing his mind, RMS this, RMS that.  I don’t know about anyone else but I think Icaza, RMS, Shuttleworth or anyone else in the computer world don’t speak for me or indeed the FOSS community as a whole.   I have this silly notion that my I get my opinions from my own personal experiences and unlike the MS faithful do not hang on the word of any one person (in their case Ballmer IMO) for my views.  Why do some like to promote the view that just because RMS says something, the entire FOSS/Linux community wholeheartedly agree?

I have alot of respect for the work RMS has done and I agree with much of what he says.  There is also much I disagree with.  The same goes for any other person who puts opinion on the net.

So what of Mr De Icaza?  As a person, I am sure he is a very nice chap.  Is he good for open source, Linux?  I would say my opinion on that doesn’t matter.  I don’t like the way Icaza (IMO) appears to chase Microsoft technologies (and remember we’ve quoted statements with a pro-Microsoft flavor that Mr De Icaza is alleged to have said going back a long way)  I don’t like the way Icaza seems happy to not only promote a Linux flavor of a Microsoft technology (Mono/Moonlight) and be happy to have Linux’s version playing second fiddle to Microsoft.    That aside though, he is an adult, has his own opinion and the right go in whatever direction he chooses.  The point I make is that he stopped going in the same direction as me years ago. Is he a traitor?  I would say thats a little harsh and in anycase premature.  Time will tell as to the direction of his projects.

So is Microsoft desperate for its Silverlight product to be accepted?  In my opinion yes, I think the Moonlight project has failed to grasp the love of the Linux community firstly because of previous allegations against Microsoft and Mr De Icaza’s apparent love of Microsoft (IMO) and secondly because Moonlight (IMO) was a pale reflection of Microsoft’s alleged sparkling jewel Silverlight (pun intended)

With my experience of Windows Mobile, this was the only place I could recommend my MDA Mail to.  Microsoft has high hopes for the next version of Windows Mobile, do you?  and why is Microsoft developing Silverlight for Moblin? Surely if Windows Mobile is going to be so great, the last thing they want to do is help the competition by giving them what they think is the "great" Silverlight.
With my experience of Windows Mobile, this was the only place I could recommend my MDA Mail to. Microsoft has high hopes for the next version of Windows Mobile, do you? and why is Microsoft developing Silverlight for Moblin? Surely if Windows Mobile is going to be so great, the last thing they want to do is help the competition by giving them what they think is the "great" Silverlight.


Ive often joked about the comment of “It will be better next time” when mentioning certain Microsoft products, but if the allegations of Twitter users who were in attendance at Microsoft’s Venture Capital Summit are correct, it appears that Steve Ballmer doesn’t have a high opinion of Windows Mobile.  No surprise for me there since I suffered with Windows Mobile on an MDA Mail and its a topic I have often mentioned on this blog.  It was the first phone where I had the battery cover break on me (when Windows Mobile crashed for me on a regular basis it did so with style, refusing to respond to any button and requiring me to remove the battery to switch it off)  anyway I digress, Steve Ballmer is alleged to have said:

“We ‘screwed up with Windows Mobile'”

Really?  Is that an apology? Mr Ballmer I would suggest that is of little comfort to the users of it.  Are you acknoledging Mr Ballmer that Windows Mobile was infact hopeless? if this is the start of a brave new age of Microsoft openness what about apologizing for some of your other products?

Just with Vista, Microsoft has ruined its chances of being accepted by me again.  How many more products is Microsoft going to have to “be better next time?” before people will turn away?  Lets look at some other examples, the numerous returns on faulty Xbox 360’s? the new year Zune problems?  and what do users have to look forward to in relation to Windows 7?  remember we were told that Vista was going to be great pre-release.  Is Microsoft going to apologize there as well?


In my opinion the desperation of Microsoft in wanting you to use it’s products is displayed perfectly in the Windows 7 Party campaign (below video) where it takes a Tupperware/Ann Summers type approach to try and get YOU to promote its software with the enticement of chances to win prizes etc (IMO).  As I’ve said before, it appears to me that Microsoft gets its advocacy by enticements.  A little different to someone who recommends Linux eh?

The following video has been slated over the net with comments such as:

Unbelievable. I guess it speaks volumes about the intellect of a typical windows user. The marketing person responsible for this should be shot.

…..I would say it speaks volumes on how Microsoft envisions their users though.

Are micro$oft seriously suggesting people have a windows 7 party. WTF!

These are merely a small selection of comments from Engadget. The disgust of users appears to continue on Youtube, with comments such as:

I can’t think of anything I’d rather do less than go to a Windows 7 launch party…..

Anyway you can see it for yourself now, I have to admit this video is (IMO) even more cringe worthy than one of the “I’m a PC” ads or heaven help us, Steve Ballmer on one of his stage presentations.

Goblin –