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Windows 7: Microsoft launches new preWindows7 anti-Linux offensive

30 Sep 2009   #1

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Microsoft launches new preWindows7 anti-Linux offensive

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Microsoft launches new pre-Windows 7 anti-Linux offensive

Posted by Raquel Leoncio
26 September 2009, 1:04 pm




Microsoft has confirmed it developed materials that portray Linux as unsuitable for consumer use, and distributed these to retail sales staff around the United States.

Among its claims the sales materials asserts that Windows scores a “many” for compatibility with cameras, iPod and MP3 players, as well as for printers and scanners. Linux is rated as “few.”

The brochure scores Windows as having “extensive” software compatibility and Linux as being “limited.”

The materials give a big tick to Windows as having “authorised support,” “video chat on all major IM networks,” and being able to play “the games your customers want (e.g. World of Warcraft).”

By contrast, a red stop sign adorns the Linux columns for each.

Under the category “Window Live Essentials (e.g. Messenger, Mail, Photo Gallery)” the Windows column notes the product is a free download but is not supported under Linux.

Additional materials claim that Windows is “familiar and easy to use” and is “what most customers want.” As you might guess, Linux gets the stop sign for these categories.

Microsoft asserts the charts were “specifically developed to show sales professionals the important differences between Linux computers and Windows computers, so they are well equipped to help customers purchase a PC that gives them the experience they expect.”
More at: Microsoft launches new pre-Windows 7 anti-Linux offensive « Science & Technology News

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01 Oct 2009   #2

Windows XP
 
 

Good timing.
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01 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Fools. They want everything, but they won't get everything.
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01 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

The fear of the penguin.
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01 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Ugh, while everything that they say is probably entirely true. Just saying it puts them in a "bad" position.

Linux doesn't ever have to be mentiond at all. Just make the point, let the user guess if your referring to Mac or Linux or Beos or whatever.

Mentioning names just needlessly shakes the behives for no purpose.

Now if Linux had 50% consumer market share, more direct comparisons might be needed, MS is like this in the server space, but for retail consumer channels? that just makes Linux seem like a bigger deal than it is.

Disclaimer: I'm not saying Linux is "no big deal" but the fact is, in the consumer and buisness desktop space it's almost non-existant. For the science, hobbiest and server space it's rocking the house MS doesn't have any need to be calling Linux out on the desktop at this point in time...

Actually I really dislike ALL of Microsoft's advertising, Apple's too. It's all a war of words, how about showing more of what the OS can do for you instead?
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01 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

If you saw the latest commercials MS has on youtube you might have a laugh with the characters pressing a finger on the screen to switch people around in the background. When you see enough lame ads on tv that kind of belittles them a bit there!

What amused about that article however was the comparison of why WLM works on Windows but not Linux. You know what I say? "Give me a Break!"
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02 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by masterB View Post
The fear of the penguin.
Sphenisciphobia?


~Lordbob
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02 Oct 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

truth is ms is pretty much dead on about linux. while yeah you can make linux do a lot of things the average user isnt going to know how. getting linux to run on your computer and use all the available hardware is usually a pita. people generally know how to use windows already.
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02 Oct 2009   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Well, I like 7 and it will be my main OS, but for a "user friendly" GNU/Linux OS, Ubuntu can't be beat! The biggest problem is wireless on a laptop, but checking on compatibility before buying solves that issue.
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02 Oct 2009   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Linux simply isnt ready for mass adoption yet. It needs to do what Windows 2000 did and leave the command line behind.
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