Thu, Feb 01, 2007 - Page 12 News List

Consumers respond with `Yawn' rather than `Wow'


While Microsoft Corp trumpeted Vista worldwide on Tuesday, the Internet abounded with postings from people unimpressed or downright disappointed with the new operating system.

As Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates headed a multi-million dollar "The Wow Starts Now" ad campaign for Vista, computer aficionados online countered "Yawn, not wow."

Headlines on weblogs and news Web sites included "Think whisper, not bang" and "Why you don't need Vista now."

Critiques mocked Vista's grand promotion campaign, contending the system that Microsoft spent five years and US$6 billion to create had little to offer that hadn't been available in Apple's Macintosh computers for years.

Bloggers complained that Vista was expensive and slowed computers that lacked upgraded memory and graphics components.

"Your software won't work," Chris Pirillo wrote while providing "tips" on Vista in a Windows Fanatics blog. "Consider that a huge tip."

"Assume that if something works in Windows XP, there's a good chance it will not work the same way in Windows Vista," Pirillo wrote.

Vista also scanned computers to insure film or music files there were legally copied, bloggers complained.

"They can search your computer via the Internet and delete any illegal files including music downloads," Josh said in a posting.

"My privacy has been breached," he said.

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