Microsoft Cleanup Their Act

"Microsoft Cleanup Their Act"

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Brad Smith, Senior Vice President at Microsoft recently outlined 12 'core principles' upon which future Windows products will be based:

  • Installation - Windows should be able to install any software conveniently and easily, including non-MS software.
  • Easy Access - Computer manufacturers and users should be easily able to add visual features to their workspace, such as icons and start-menu shortcuts.
  • Defaults - Windows should allow the users and manufacturers to choose the default programs for any purpose easily, including non MS ones. Of particular mention were web-browsers and media players.
  • Promotion of Non-MS items - In getting back to its core competency of Windows, Microsoft is acknowledging the need to work with the leaders of areas it is not as strong in, as opposed to trying to compete against them (i.e., Google).
  • Business Terms - MS will not retaliate against any manufacturer who does not use (in whole or in part) MS products). To assure this, it will post its volume license prices visibly on the web for all manufacturers to see.
  • APIs - Microsoft will begin a very strict practice of making well-documented, accessible APIs for third party developers to assure quality integration of thier products into MS Windows.
  • Internet Services - MS remains committed to providing Windows Live, but it will be developed under an entirely seperate area of the company and will be completely unrelated. Not using the Windows Live services should in no way reduce your general Windows experience.
  • Open Net Access - MS will not allow Windows to filter or censor any lawful website, nor will it direct users to MS-affiliated websites.
  • No Exclusivity - Back to dealing with computer manufacturers, MS cannot provide incentives for companies to license solely MS products instead of offering consumer choice.
  • Open Communications - The communications protocols will be available for all future releases of Windows, so that other software (including operating systems) can interact with Windows machines.
  • Patent Licensing - MS will license patents on its most advanced code to protect it, rather than relying on obfuscating or otherwise hiding it.
  • Industry Standards - Windows will work to maintain standards compliance with various formats that have become dominant throughout the industry, rather than developing its own proprietary ones.

These new rules follow the recent barrage of Anti-Trust lawsuits against Microsoft due the difficulty other companies have with MS formats and with-held programming details. If these rules are stuck to in the near future Windows should hopefully claw back some of its market.

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16-05-2007, 08:29:33

[Ins]
I'm a
:noobsign: and I'd like to know if Red = ATI and Green = Nvidia?

Or am I WAY off lol?

16-05-2007, 08:34:34

Ham
[QUOTE='[Ins];140330']I'm a
:noobsign: and I'd like to know if Red = ATI and Green = Nvidia?

Or am I WAY off lol?[/QUOTE]

lol yes thts right

16-05-2007, 09:28:37

!TIMMY!
Rofl @ Ins :P

16-05-2007, 10:49:53

Hyper
I voted for wait until Nvidia prices drop then buy one ;)

16-05-2007, 11:35:27

Toxcity
Go green!
And now if I was you! :)

16-05-2007, 11:39:39

AydST
I was having this conversation with someone earlier.

The problem with waiting for price drops is then you catch wind that another one is going to happen, hence you never get anything done 'cause you are always waiting for the price drop.

8 months I've been building this new system and I still don't have a CPU, or Motherboard or GPU because I keep waiting for price drops, then waiting again for price drops, then again, then again.... :D

But I'd always go Green :D

16-05-2007, 11:49:53

nunzio
Red Red Red! it looks nicer, and matches ya misses shoes!

16-05-2007, 12:08:23

chudley
My missus is a witch so I am gonna say green:p

16-05-2007, 12:22:47

weihk

I was having this conversation with someone earlier.

The problem with waiting for price drops is then you catch wind that another one is going to happen, hence you never get anything done 'cause you are always waiting for the price drop.

8 months I've been building this new system and I still don't have a CPU, or Motherboard or GPU because I keep waiting for price drops, then waiting again for price drops, then again, then again.... :D

But I'd always go Green :D



that sounds like me!:eek:

this is whats going on with my system....

bought the following:
Jan - Lian Li A10B case
Feb(21st) - Asus Commando, C2D 6300
March - OCZ 2x1GB ram, Enermax 720w PSU
April - WC build parts....hose, res....

its now May, i asked you guys about GFX card in April, but forgot who said wait a couple more weeks and see if 2900 is anygood......i did! and its showing to be a bit slower than 8800GTS!

i blame myself for not getting a 8800 and the EK FC block when ST had them in stock.....i blame myself for buying things too early with original price.....i blame myself for waiting too long.....

if i had hold back, and orderd everything 3weeks ago, i'll have a new build already!!!!!!!!!

AAAAAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

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side note, due to popular demand, i will be going GREEN! if its not with me by Friday, latest should be monday....

AydST - you have PM
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16-05-2007, 16:34:53

nunzio
I'd go red, the drivers all the reviewers use are still new/beta!

Give ATI a couple driver releases, and it will be smooth
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