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Ballmer says skip Vista


Boy, I wish I’d been at Gartner’s Symposium ITxpo in Orlando, Fla. this year. That way I could heard with my own ears, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer tell an audience of high-level business people that if they want to wait for Windows 7 to switch from XP, instead of going to Vista, “They certainly can.”

Mind you, this was at the same show, where earlier, Gartner analyst Yvonne Genovese had tore into Ballmer like a hurricane saying she had installed Vista for her daughter — and two days later went right back to using XP . “It’s safe, it works, all the hardware is fine, and everything is great,” Genovese said

She went on to say that “What we’re seeing and what we’re hearing from users is a very similar thing. It’s difficult to implement.” Amen sister. Vista is junk. And, yes, I speak from experience. I finally got Vista to work properly with all my hardware and software on one PC after 16-months of trying. But, hey, at least I got everything to work. A lot of people haven’t been so lucky.

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