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Submission + - Mom blasts Ballmer over kid's crappy Vista OS ( 6

Lucas123 writes: "While on stage at a Gartner's ITxpo conference today, Ballmer got an ear-full from the mother of a 13-year-old girl who said after installing Vista on her daughter's computer she decided only two days later to switch back to XP because Vista was so difficult. Ballmer defended Vista saying: "Your daughter saw a lot of value"; to which the mother replied: "She's 13." Ballmer said that Vista is bigger than XP, and "for some people that's an issue, and it's not going to get smaller in any significant way in SP1. But machines are constantly getting bigger, and [it's] probably important to remember that as well." Says the mother: "Good, I'll let you come in and install it for me.""
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Mom blasts Ballmer over kid's crappy Vista OS

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  • Says the mother [to Ballmer]: "Good, I'll let you come in and install it for me."

    I'm down with Bill Gates, I call him "Money" for short
    I phone him up at home and I make him do my tech support
    It's all about the Pentiums, what?
  • "We have had better security, we have had fewer vulnerabilities, fewer issues with Windows Vista in its first six months then any OS that preceded it."

    You need to get out more, Steve.

    I could name operating systems that preceded Vista that had fewer vulnerabilities.

    • I'd love to hear Steve answer to that given OpenBSD's track record for the past ten years.
    • To give Vista the benefit of the doubt, I have to say that Windows ME and Windows 2.1 Really, Really sucked; On a sufficiently powerful platform, with enough patience, Vista is marginally useful.
      On the other hand....
      Windows 98 SE. Windows 2000. Windows 2000 Plus! pack (also known as Windows XP) (Hell, even Win3.11 for workgroups, but you have to give them points for effort on that one, not succeeding).
      I've been a microsoft user since 2.11, but the writing was on the wall just before XP came out; I was an MC
  • Its good at last to see people (read: non-geeks) finally telling microsoft up front what they think of vista. While i wont imagine hoards of people returning vista as a result of this, it will (hopefully) get other normal end-user consumers aware that, against all what they are told by microsoft, vista just might not be for them and they should consider keeping something that works well for them.
  • I think Microsoft underestimates the Power Of Mums!!!!

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