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Windows 7 News Round-up
Written by Danrok   
Wednesday, 21 October 2009 14:09

Windows 7 hit or miss?

Microsoft's new operating system is officially launched today, so here's a collection of news and reviews.

The Sorry State of Windows 7 Gaming

Matt Peckham from PCW takes a look at the gaming side of things here.

Windows 7 Can Learn From Vista
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 13 October 2009 17:35

Analysis: The early reviews for Vista were positive. Does that mean Windows 7 is doomed We make the rounds of some prominent reviewers to assess their insight (in hindsight).

Harry McCracken,Technologizer

Oct 13, 2009 12:01 am
PC World

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer isn't so sure about how folks are going to respond to Windowswindows 7. As Mary-Jo Foley says in a ZDNet blog post, Ballmer told Bloomberg that "The test feedback (on Windows 7) has been good, but the test feedback on Vista was good. I am optimistic, but the proof will be in the pudding."

Mary-Jo goes on to muse:

...I'm left wondering about Vista, as many are/were about the current financial crisis: Why didn't anyone inform us sooner of the impending meltdown? Weren't there warning signs? Where was everybody?


Motorola Won't Support Windows Mobile 6.5
Written by Daniel   
Friday, 09 October 2009 17:12
   The company will focus on supporting Android and wait until the next version of Windows Mobile hits.

By Marin Perez
October 7, 2009 01:26 PM

Motorola is not interested in creating smartphones that use the recently released Windows Mobile 6.5, according to comments from executives during a roundtable discussion.
   The world's fourth-largest handset maker had previously said it would be using Windows Mobile for its upper-tier enterprise smartphones, but Christy Wyatt, Motorola's VP of software platform, said there are no plans to support the current generation of Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT)'s mobile operating system. Wyatt indicated the company would wait for Windows Mobile 7, which is expected to be a highly retooled version of the OS and should launch in late 2010. [Information Week...]    [Comments...]
Windows Mobile 6.5 Arrives, Mostly Disappoints
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 06 October 2009 18:28

   The reviews of Microsoft's new mobile OS, Windows Mobile 6.5, are in -- and none of them are glowing. It seems that Windows Mobile 6.5 is more of a superficial cosmetic overhaul, not a bona fide upgrade capable of handling the mobile market's stiff competition.

Brennon Slattery
Oct 6, 2009 7:12 am

John Herman of Gizmodo says, "Windows Mobile 6.5 isn't just a letdown -- it barely seems done." Herman continues to say things aren't much better underneath the hood, and a quick peek "reveals an OS that hasn't been fundamentally changed in years, and which bears a strong resemblance to Windows Mobile 6.1, and a startlingly not-weak resemblance to PocketPC 2002."   [Comment....]

'Free' Windows 7 upgrades not always free, says consumer group
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 01 October 2009 17:55

Fees for supposedly free upgrades range from $11.25 to $17, says site

By Gregg Keizer
October 1, 2009 01:34 PM ET

 The free Windows 7 upgrades that Microsoft has promised buyers of new PCs powered by Vista are not always free, a consumer watchdog Web site said today.

"To me, whether it's $12.99 or $17.03, the charges are all outrageous," said Edgar Dworsky, the editor of and "It's just a single disc they're sending, and with media mail rates, it costs just over a dollar to mail." [Comments...]

Microsoft finalizes Windows 7 'XP Mode'
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 01 October 2009 17:41
Microsoft said on Thursday that it has finished development work on the virtualized version of Windows XP that Windows 7 users can use to run programs that won't work on the newer operating system.

October 1, 2009 10:16 AM PDT
by Ina Fried
C/Net News

In a statement, Microsoft said that it has finalized the code for the free "XP Mode" and that the software will be made available on Oct. 22, the same day that Microsoft launches Windows 7.
Computer makers will also be able to offer Windows XP Mode with their systems, Microsoft said.
Microsoft said back in April that it would offer the XP Mode. Aimed primarily at small businesses, the virtualizaion layer is designed to help ease the transition for those still running programs that don't work properly with Windows 7 or Windows Vista. [Comments...]

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