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Windows XP Launch Day Roundup

Aug 24, 2001, 22:52 (61 Talkback[s])

Today is launch day for Windows XP, which brings a fresh crop of Windows submissions from all and sundry: "The price of innovation" (Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) reveals WinXP pricing scheme); Steve Ballmer says "There is no innovation in the Linux world. They cloned a lot of stuff from Windows, including very old stuff," (and cavorts, once again, on the stage); unhappiness continues over the halt of plug-in support in IE; Dean Pannell gets another visit from the Toadie; Michael Moore takes up a collection to help Mr. Gates recover from the devastating effects of charities on his business, and Code Red is, say some security people, with us forever as a new variant rears its head. Plus video clips of Mr. Gates himself launching XP to Kool and the Gang.

InternetNews.com: Industry Heralds Delivery of Windows XP to OEMs

"Despite looming clouds of regulatory and congressional scrutiny, Microsoft Corp. Friday morning heralded the delivery of Windows XP to computer manufacturers in a send-off complete with helicopters swooping over Redmond.

Microsoft is calling it the biggest Windows event in Microsoft history to be supported by marketing and advertising spending rumored to be in the range of $1 billion.

Set for release on Oct. 25, Microsoft is promising that the latest addition to the Windows family will take the PC to new heights. Software development is complete; beta versions have been tested and retested. According to Bill Gates, Microsoft's chairman and chief software architect, Windows XP is the culmination of more than 15 years of research, development and customer feedback.

"Simply put, Windows XP is the best operating system Microsoft has ever built," Gates said.

FoxNews.com: Judge Kollar-Kotelly to Set Penalty in Microsoft Antitrust Case

"Kollar-Kotelly will now have the task of holding hearings on what remedies should be imposed to prevent any further abuse of Microsoft's monopoly in personal computer operating systems. She must also decide whether Microsoft violated antitrust laws by tying its Internet Explorer browser into the Windows operating system.

The penalty could require simple changes in Microsoft conduct or a breakup of the Redmond, Wash., firm. Judge Jackson ordered the company be split in two, but that portion of his ruling was overturned by the appeals court in June.

The appeals court last week rejected Microsoft's request to delay the company's antitrust case until the Supreme Court decides whether to take the case. Microsoft had also said that if the appeals court didn't put the case on hold, it would put the public's faith in the judicial system in jeopardy.

The appeals court unanimously disagreed."

Windows XP to be pricier than 2000, Me [ Thanks to Bastion for this link. ]

"The bottom line: Consumers can expect to pay a little more for XP than for previous Windows versions, with street price increases ranging up to about 10 percent.

Windows XP comes in two flavors, one for home users and the other for business professionals. The Home Edition upgrade carries a manufacturer's authorized price (MAP) of $99, or about $10 more than Windows Me. The full version is $199, or about $20 more than Windows Me.

The Professional Edition will cost around $199 as an upgrade or $299 for the full version, which in both instances is about a $20 increase over Windows 2000. But compared to a special $120 promotional offer for Windows 2000 Professional, the commercial XP version will cost nearly $80 more."

Thanks to IloveLinux, who writes:

Steve Ballmer was in Brazil this week, preparing the way for the launch of Windows XP. Among other things, Mr. Ballmer had a meeting with the President of Brazil, when he announced a program to open the Windows source code to eight Brazilian universities.

Here we have a free translation of some of Ballmer comments about Linux:

"There is a saying that imitation is the most sincere form of appraisal", started Ballmer when referring to Linux. "There is no innovation in the Linux world. They cloned a lot of stuff from Windows, including very old stuff. They [ the Linux developers] are not very open to innovation", he said.

"If someone asked me why customers would want Linux instead of Windows, I would answer: I don't know".

Mr. Ballmer continues to be a 'net video favorite, with his latest appearance: Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers!. We assume he's in favor of them from his demeanor in this clip.

Sorry Boss, I got lost in Austin Again [ Thanks to Dean Pannell (a.k.a. dinotrac) for this link. ]

"Toadie is really rolling now. "We've got the followup versions lined up, too. First comes Windows FUR, which introduces the Left-Handed surcharge to help us re-coup the cost of Left-Handed testing. Then, Windows FUITA adds a recreational surcharge so we can afford to keep our programmers happy even though FUITA is really just DOS 1.0 with a splash screen."

(I hate his cackle.) "I don't see how I can make this look good," I reply, "If you get all their money and fubar their computers, they won't be able to run the city or pay for things like road construction and police."

"That's it!" Toadie is flat-out beaming now. "'Redmondware clears up your morning commute. No detours, no tickets.' That's great. The Big Guy was right, Pizza Boy, you're the best!"

SiliconValley.com: Microsoft's browser update riles critics [ Thanks to George Mitchell for this link. ]

"Microsoft said it made the decision a few weeks ago for ``security and technical reasons,'' but critics called it the latest example of the software giant promoting its own technology to the exclusion of others.

The main program to be affected is Apple's QuickTime. Web-site developers will now have to make a plug-in available using Microsoft's ActiveX technology, and users will have to do a one-time download.

``This is typical Microsoft behavior, supporting its own proprietary technology that locks you into Windows,'' said Marty Gordon, a spokesman for Netscape.

ZDNetUK: Code Red is here to stay

"A new permutation of the Code Red II worm was discovered on Friday, and experts say that Code Red is now unlikely ever to disappear.

The new variant has been dubbed CodeRed.d, and exploits the same Index Server flaw in Microsoft's Internet Information Server (IIS) software as the initial Code Red. According to Roger Thompson, technical director of malicious code research at anti-virus firm TruSecure, who detected the variant, the appearance of a new worm indicates that we are stuck with the Code Red problem "forever".

"This is pretty much noise level for Code Red II and CodeRed.d -- it's not going to get any better or worse, and will stay like this forever," said Thompson. "Those machines that have not yet been patched never will be, meaning that the worm is here to stay."

Michael Moore's 'Mike's Militia' Operation: Donate a Buck to Bill Gates

"Objective: To help Bill Gates recoup the massive amount of money he loses whenever small charities make copies of his already-purchased, outdated software while trying to assist desperately poor children."

Yahoo!/Reuters: Microsoft: Windows XP Development Complete

"Windows XP, the latest version of Microsoft's flagship product, is scheduled for widespread availability on October 25, Microsoft said in a statement. Microsoft said it is continuing to work closely with PC manufacturers to ensure their most advanced hardware solutions will fully complement the new operating system.

Industry observers have said Microsoft is also eager to get Windows XP out of the door because it is facing increased calls from rivals and privacy groups to change the product, which integrates new features like instant messaging and online authorization.

The complaints say such bundling of new services repeats the kind of behavior that landed Microsoft in hot water with the U.S. Justice Department (news - web sites), which is locked in a drawn-out antitrust battle with the company."

Finally, CNET has a pair of video clips (available in Real format, verified on a Linux machine):

Bill Gates launches Windows XP to Kool and the Gang and Microsoft's VP of its clients division does a grip-n-grin.