Vista got off to a bad start and we all know how that turned out. But the next version of its operating system was a different story. Microsoft released Windows 7 without a hitch, easily besting Apple's "Snow Leopard" release.
I love Microsoft, and Sony. They both did awesome this year :)
Have heard good stuff about Windows 7. Hopefully, I'll get it soon enough. I HATE Vista. I literally HATE it. Windows 7 or not, Vista will never be forgotten as one of the most horrible operating systems ever!
Lol, the only thing MS did right was Window 7 (and they still ripped off consumers). Other than that it was a trainwreck of a year for MS.
@zeeshan: Get Windows 7, you will never look back to Vista. There's only one operating system which is worse and that's Windows Millenium Edition.
Some insight please. How did they rip off the consumers? I'm using Windows 7 and I'm very happy with myself as a consumer. And all of their products in general.
I didn't mind Vista, but 7 is a ton better. The new task bar is incredibly handy.
Only turned about a 14 billion dollar profit in one of the worst economic climates we have seen since the great depression. Yep an absolute train wreck. Could things have been better, yep, no doubt about it, but I will take 14 billion in profit on 58 billion in revenue any day while many companies have lost millions, if not billions of dollars during the same time frame. You should get all that hate out of your heart.
well said, hutch. I just don't get some people on here. Everything microsoft does is hated attacked from all sides. It really is kinda pathetic. I use xp, my girlfriend uses Vista and my dad uses win 7 on his new laptop. All three operating systems perform admirably, given their respective release technology. The xbox 360 is succeeding at all levels and MS has demonstrably improved reliability by several orders of magnitude. The 360 has kept up with the ps3 this year, despite the launch of the slim sku and a concurrent pricedrop. This could have been the end for the 360, yet it isn't. In fact, the 360 recently outsold the ps3 in NA. Honestly, who was expecting that? MS has not had a record breaking year, but it has performed quite well, given the financial crisis, esepcially in the US. Why don't we all stop hating MS for a while. They make good software that we all use every single day. If people really hate MS that much, then I would suggest they stop using MS products and then shut up about it. That's not hard is it?
I know some use mac and someuse linux, although not many or microsoft would have such a huge market share. There is no doubt Microsoft is not a fuzzy warm company. They are in business for their stockholders. And belived it or not, now that they pay a nice dividend, the fact that the stock price isn't all that high is not that big of a deal. Most of the large stockholders have owend microsoft for many years and had their stock split multiple times. Most people on this site actually think that a stock price of 30 dollars vs say google at 500 dollars is a nock on microsoft, of course they don't understand that Microsoft has billions of more shares out on the market, so their market cap is bigger. It is N4G so of course they don't understand that. They think cuz of ps3's late year domination over the entire world means microsoft some how had a bad year, or the fact that vista was not a huge success, and 7 came out so soon means that microsoft is doomed. lol just read a stock report and see how many billions of dollars they have just sittin there while another favorite company is consistantly loosing billions. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
To those people, it doesn't matter what MS brings to the table, as they will find a reason to hate. I don't need to point you out here, everyone knows who it is here. Let's just say it is one of the topmost posts here. Never the less, it seems no matter what MS does it never catches a break. Considering MS unified the graphical user interface on Office applications and showed why a familiar interface is so important to users. Even to this day, I still find popular applications that lack this obvious design. Finally, I want to add that it doesn't matter who invented it, but rather who makes it useful!!! The Wii wasn't the first attempt at motion control, it was just the first one that made it useful and mainstream. The DVD wasn't the first optical disc technology for video (laser disc preceded it), but it was the first that was practical among other reasons. @hutch Yeah, stock price can be manipulated (or should I say diluted) by the number of shares issued. Anyone that looks at a company and valuates it based on the stock price i.e. Google is $400 and MS is $30 have no business investing!
"I didn't mind Vista, but 7 is a ton better." Agreed. Ran Vista x64 from the gate, my only problem was itunes but a year later it was working. I just installed Windows 7 Ultimate in a 7 year old computer today, it feels like I reinstalled XP. True story.
They fact they managed to release a very expensive OS this year that still has far too many issues and comes with no Office Suite is hardly an achievement. If so then props go to Ubuntu for having released free and much more solid, virus resistant Operating Systems with free Office. Yes, that is the plural version. They released Jackalope and Koala this year.
Personally, I find W7 to be less intuitive than Vista. I am finding that MS's approach to operating systems is becoming more and more like Apple's smooth looking OSX.
I don't mind the smooth look but I still miss xp a little.
You say less intuitive but more like Apple? How does that go? Apple is the king of intuitive products.
maybe he meant by design and not by execution?
Not wrong there both companies had a nice year :) can't wait till 2010 to see what else they can turn to gold happy holidays everyone
windows 7 is the upgrade we've been waiting for since XP... aside from that, everything else has been kinda mediocre. unless you're a zune fan, then the zune hd made some ripples in the portable mp3 player biz.
Boy, that link site sucks. Blank ad sites when you first go in, short multi-page articles with ads in-between. Surprised its not an MS site. And since when is Bing a success? Hardly even see ads for it on TV and as far as I know the only thing its threatening to do is restrict information by paying companies to de-list from Google.
I've used it, just don't see any reason to go out of my way to use it commonly. To see if I can even add it to Firefox.
I haven't even tried this. I have been trying to see Disneys new DVC club resort in Hawaii. I have been using google maps since they are the best, but the sat pics of the site are old and do not even show the ground broken yet. Guess I'll give Bing a try. Just did.. It sucks. Google Maps rule. You can scan down to the ground.
I think they meant Bing Maps to the competing with Google Maps not Google Earth. http://maps.google.com/
I love windows 7
Windows 7 is MS's only real "thing they did right in 2009".
Billions of dollars in profit, that is what they are in business for after all.
Haven't had a chance to try out Windows 7 myself.
Created Patch-Doh's 7, created Not-Google, bought Yahoo to make the media MORE bias towards the 360 ("PS3=Coal"), didn't hardly release any worthwhile exclusives for the 360.......awesome year, MS. Not.
Why did the 360 just come up in a Tech article? No where was the 360 referenced in the article. Way to be a half-assed, fangirl douchebag. And by the way, Windows 7 is an very good OS. Much better than Vista and definitely XP's true successor.
@Saaking Hmmm. MS made more profit then Sony this year...by a massive margin. Win7 is great. The Zune HD on a technical level is suprior to the ipod touch. Xbox360 despite your rampant hate for it, is doing really well. Game sales for that system is better then the PS3 overall. Ya...MS this year was a train wreck.... If MS was a train wreck then Sony was a complete disaster then as their overall sales for ALL their divsions compared to MS pales in comparison. You hate MS too much dude. You are making a fool of yourself with your fanboy rants. How old are you???
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