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Dell gives them what they want: Windows XP

Post#1 » Fri Apr 20, 2007 2:43 pm

Back by popular demand: Windows XP
PC maker will let buyers choose between Microsoft's older OS and Vista
By Jessica Mintz
The Associated Press
Updated: 11:06 a.m. ET April 20, 2007
SEATTLE - Back by popular demand: Windows XP.

PC maker Dell Inc. said on its Web site Thursday it will once again let home PC buyers choose between Microsoft Corp.'s older operating system and Windows Vista when they purchase certain new machines.

Dell, like many computer makers, stopped offering XP on most home desktops and laptops soon after Vista launched at the end of January. By late March, the company said only two models aimed at home users could be configured with XP (the option still existed on many models for business users).

But on Dell's IdeaStorm Web site, where visitors can post suggestions for the company and vote on the ones they think are important, a plea titled "Don't eliminate XP just yet" racked up more than 10,700 votes.

"We heard you loud and clear on bringing the Windows XP option back to our Dell consumer PC offerings," Dell responded in a Web posting Thursday.

The company said it will immediately offer XP again as an option for four models of its Inspiron notebooks and two models of its Dimension desktop PCs.

This comes just weeks after Dell said it is also planning to offer PCs with Linux, a free operating system that competes with Windows.

"This is really odd," said Michael Silver, research vice president at Gartner. "On new PCs, consumers usually do want the latest and greatest."

Microsoft countered that Dell's move was in response to a "small minority of customers" with a "specific request." Michael Burk, a product manager for Microsoft's Windows Client group, said in an e-mailed statement, "The vast majority of consumers want the latest and greatest technology, and that includes Windows Vista."

Michael Gartenberg, vice president and research director of JupiterResearch, said many consumers continue to buy XP because it is familiar, it works with their existing hardware and programs, and is overall "good enough," even though Vista boasts a prettier user interface and stronger security.

"Microsoft is going to have to work hard to make sure that even if companies like Dell are offering XP, their customers don't want it," Gartenberg said. Now is time for the company to crank up Vista marketing, but that may be harder than it sounds.

"Operating systems inherently by nature are kind of boring," he said.

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Re: Dell gives them what they want: Windows XP

Post#2 » Fri Apr 20, 2007 3:04 pm

Havok wrote:Microsoft countered that Dell's move was in response to a "small minority of customers" with a "specific request." Michael Burk, a product manager for Microsoft's Windows Client group, said in an e-mailed statement, "The vast majority of consumers want the latest and greatest technology, and that includes Windows Vista."
:roll: Oh yes PLEASE, force me to use a slower & more resource-hogging OS on my brand new laptop! Make me buy another memory stick so it can run comparably to the OLD laptop! I MUST have the pretty graphics, darn it!

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Post#3 » Fri Apr 20, 2007 3:30 pm

One reason I've been dragging my heels has just been removed.

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Post#4 » Fri Apr 20, 2007 4:39 pm

That's why I build my own when it comes to Desktops. Choice.

Sure there's more legwork than going to a manufacturer and clicking a bunch... But it saves me a bundle, and I get exactly what I want.
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Post#5 » Fri Apr 20, 2007 4:52 pm

desktops, I build my own as well.
Pay less, get more.

But laptops aren't in that versatile category yet.
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Re: Dell gives them what they want: Windows XP

Post#6 » Fri Apr 20, 2007 5:09 pm

warpedboard wrote: :roll: Oh yes PLEASE, force me to use a slower & more resource-hogging OS on my brand new laptop! Make me buy another memory stick so it can run comparably to the OLD laptop! I MUST have the pretty graphics, darn it!
You called it right, WB!!

Like BANE, I was in the market for a laptop prior to VISTA's release. I may have to bite the bullet now!!!
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Post#7 » Fri Apr 20, 2007 5:41 pm

Those Inspiron e1505s are looking better today.
:D
Toss in the Ati1400 and I can at least play games other than
VGAP on the road.

Now I just have to wait for that update on their website.
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Post#8 » Fri Apr 20, 2007 7:20 pm

Understanding is a three-edged sword.
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Post#9 » Fri Apr 20, 2007 9:16 pm

Huh, they forgot the "Speed" category :)

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Post#10 » Sat Apr 21, 2007 3:45 am

i always configured my towers myself - and i usually wait with the new MS-OS till it's first one million bugs get sorted out. This time i will go for Linux or Mac-OS. i am pretty much done with windows. after SP2 on XP i was already getting really annoyed with all the registry and keying and stuff. for some games i will still need some windows, but it will of course be a stolen one, because they tend to be LESS stupid and bitchy - a fact that is quite hilarious: if you purchase your Vista legally, you will have loads of registering and legalization-stuff to do. if you have a cracked version, you just install and run. one big point against massive copy protection! But, notebooks are a little difficult on that though. especially when it comes to drivers and special built-in-functions. i will though find one with good linux-compatibility or go for a mac-book. both OS are just better, in nearly every way.
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Post#11 » Sat Apr 21, 2007 5:10 am

hennef wrote:i always configured my towers myself - and i usually wait with the new MS-OS till it's first one million bugs get sorted out. This time i will go for Linux or Mac-OS. i am pretty much done with windows. after SP2 on XP i was already getting really annoyed with all the registry and keying and stuff. for some games i will still need some windows, but it will of course be a stolen one, because they tend to be LESS stupid and bitchy - a fact that is quite hilarious: if you purchase your Vista legally, you will have loads of registering and legalization-stuff to do. if you have a cracked version, you just install and run. one big point against massive copy protection! But, notebooks are a little difficult on that though. especially when it comes to drivers and special built-in-functions. i will though find one with good linux-compatibility or go for a mac-book. both OS are just better, in nearly every way.
Yeah Linux. I've just started again with linux (this time its Ubuntu) after having some experience since Suse 6 or 7 (and a lot of AIX inbetween) now with Ubuntu feisty fawn they made a lot of steps forward. I am running a server with ubuntu and samba and after the installation configuration it just runs nothing more and nothing less just runs.
OK something I check the disks for being filled ;-)
On my work-PCs I#m not really there I'm to Windows based because of my work and the main reason is The windows PCs just work fine at the moment.
But going to Vista is not really an option for me yet. Maybe when my customers is starting to use it and after a while I am used to it that i want it at home as well but who knows.
Notebooks for Linux ...
My Maxdata Notebook just works fine with Ubuntu and from Acer you can even buy Notebooks with Linux. (Obviously they are cheaper)
But as time goes by we will see, how the world will change for IT.
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Post#12 » Sat Apr 21, 2007 9:15 am

B A N E wrote:Those Inspiron e1505s are looking better today.
:D
Toss in the Ati1400 and I can at least play games other than
VGAP on the road.

Now I just have to wait for that update on their website.
Go Nvidia :)
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Post#13 » Sat Apr 21, 2007 9:24 am

Except according to notebook review,
the ati1400 outperforms the go7300.

I'd love to go with the go7900!...but alas, money IS an object.
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Post#14 » Sat Apr 21, 2007 9:30 am

B A N E wrote:Except according to notebook review,
the ati1400 outperforms the go7300.

I'd love to go with the go7900!...but alas, money IS an object.
You don't want anything less than a 7800 with 512 onboard :)
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Post#15 » Sat Apr 21, 2007 9:42 am

TBH,
IF money wasn't an object, I'd go with the XPS line or better.

But, if I spend more than a grand, I will hear about it from my
better half.
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