You mean they will start selling XP again? From AP–
The next version of Microsoft Windows, the software that defines the computing experience for most people, will nag users much less than its much-maligned predecessor, Vista. PC users will be able to test the new edition early next year.
The world’s largest software maker also is making Word, Excel and other key elements of Office — its flagship “productivity” programs — able to run in a Web browser. The move is meant to help confront rivals such as Google Inc. that offer free word processing and spreadsheet programs online, threatening one of Microsoft Corp.’s most precious profit centers.
The Windows and Office news came Tuesday at a Microsoft conference for software developers.
The forthcoming Windows 7 will let users choose to see fewer alerts and warnings from their computers. Rampant notifications alerting people to security risks irked many Vista users.
I think Vista customer complaints were a little deeper than alerts and warnings bug. Compatability problems plagued the Operating System.
My limited experience with Vista has made me shy away from buying a new computer. I’m reminded of an exchange in the James Bond movie, Tomorrow Never Dies.
Elliot Carver: Mr. Jones, are we ready to release our new software?
Jones: Yes, sir. As requested, it’s full of bugs, which means people will be forced to upgrade for years.
Does that sound like Microsoft and its new systems?