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Some Users Say Win7 Wants To Remove iTunes, Google Toolbar 570

Foofoobar writes "Due to a strike with the UK's postal system, people in Great Britain are getting copies of Windows 7 early and have already posted their experiences about the install process. Some have an easy time but others post installs taking 3 hours including Windows asking them to remove iTunes and Google toolbar prior to installation." The article indicates that many of these early users, though, are having better luck.
Networking

Windows Server Trusts Samba4 Active Directory 182

Darren Ginter writes "A group of Samba v4 developers recently spent a week in Redmond to work with Microsoft on Active Directory interoperability(?!). The result? Windows Server will now join, trust and replicate a Samba-based Active Directory using Microsoft-native protocols. Although Samba v4 is still in the alpha stages, this is a huge step for open source. Or it could be a trap."
Microsoft

Ad Viewing Required For Free Zune HD Games 131

UnknowingFool writes "In releasing the Zune HD, Microsoft decided not to open up software development on the new Zune to third parties yet. Today, Microsoft released a handful of free games for the Zune HD: Texas hold 'em, Sudoku, Space Battle 3, Shell Game, Of the Future, Hexic, Goo Splat and Chess, as well as calculator and weather apps. Users, however, are required to view an ad (up to 30 seconds in length) while the game starts up. While ad-supported free games are also on other platforms, like the iPhone, the difference here is that those iPhone games are from third parties and not from Apple." Reader Rock3t notes related news that the Zune HD will be getting 3D games.

Comment Maybe not Windows fault but sure is Microsoft's (Score 3, Insightful) 438

From Microsoft's case study http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=200042

In the development, roll-out, and implementation processes, Microsoft worked closely with the London Stock Exchange to ensure not only that they understood their immediate requirements, but that the solution fitted their long-term business plans as specified in the TRM project.

Microsoft was equally involved in this project no matter how you try to spin it.

Windows

Draconian DRM Revealed In Windows 7 1127

TechForensics writes "A few days' testing of Windows 7 has already disclosed some draconian DRM, some of it unrelated to media files. A legitimate copy of Photoshop CS4 stopped functioning after we clobbered a nagging registration screen by replacing a DLL with a hacked version. With regard to media files, the days of capturing an audio program on your PC seem to be over (if the program originated on that PC). The inputs of your sound card are severely degraded in software if the card is also playing an audio program (tested here with Grooveshark). This may be the tip of the iceberg. Being in bed with the RIAA is bad enough, but locking your own files away from you is a tactic so outrageous it may kill the OS for many persons. Many users will not want to experiment with a second sound card or computer just to record from online sources, or boot up under a Linux that supports ntfs-3g just to control their files." Read on for more details of this user's findings.

Comment Re:Maybe good in theory (Score 4, Interesting) 175

Could you elaborate on this massive privacy problem you talk about? Like you don't have this massive privacy problem by using your ISP's DNS servers who can actually match DNS queries to user account?

And who asked if OpenDNS is about "Everyday internet user" crowd? It's A DNS service! Do you want a CSI type frontend with it?

Comment Re:Vista - Stop letting your friends use XP... (Score 1) 455

Vista came out around jan. 2007. Windows 7 will be here sometime 2009. I don't think MS can get away with pushing a new OS every 2 years.

Besides, isn't Windows 2K supported till 2010? People who spent good money on MS software want their patches, pronto.

If you're migrating to Vista, might as well go over to OSX or even linux. A lot of inhouse apps are not compatible with anything above XP. Which means splash money to fix all your inhouse apps. and then splash more money to upgrade to Vista. Oh, and then splash more money to upgrade hardware too.

That's why people hate Vista.

Comment Re:Microsoft will Remain Second Rate Player on Web (Score 1) 107

Your position of defending Microsoft at every turn and opportunity is actually quite silly and paranoid, even childish. Microsoft has clearly done this time and time again. X feature works on all platform except it works better on latest MS platform.

For a long time now, there are websites that work only correctly on IE or you couldn't even access a site without using IE.

Besides your meek attempt of a straw man setup and whining, why don't you use Opera, Chrome or Firefox instead? Webmasters have no obligations to cater to a particular browser.

I guess the tables have indeed turned.

Media

Submission + - Micosoft dossier on journalist leaks

Ludvig A. Norin writes: "Wired journalist Fred Vogelstein blogs about how he accidently got hold of a dossier on himself produced by Microsoft's PR firm, Waggener Edstrom. While it's not unusual for PR people to create background files on journalists, it's notable that this one leaked, and got commented by Waggener Edstrom's Frank Shaw and Wired Magazine editor in chief Chris Anderson. Makes for an interesting read — there's lots to learn from the inner workings of the Microsoft PR machinery."

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