Microsoft takes hard line on Win 7 hardware
Flexes Windows 7 muscles in your face!
Just one day on from confirming that Windows 7 will arrive on 22 October, Microsoft has begun punting “exclusive” hardware features for its operating system.
In order to entice customers to buy computer peripherals produced down at the Redmond ranch, Microsoft is promising its hardware devices will be compatible with the upcoming OS.
Customers who want mice, keyboards, webcams, gaming devices and notebook accessories that play nice with Windows 7 should buy Microsoft goods, said, er, Microsoft.
The company has already slipped out beta versions of software for its peripherals that work with the latest release candidate of Windows 7.
MS said final versions of the software would be released on 26 June for its mice and keyboards. Completed LifeCams software will land on 31 July. ®
Lot of people saying that MS make good hardware here. I agree on the point of mice and keyboards, but having just shipped back my Xbox 360 as this is the third time it has broken down, I'm not feeling very "Yay MS Hardware!" today.
does this mean......
.....winmodems are back?<shudders>
"""How is this different than Toyota or Ford saying you should use their floor mats in your car to ensure they're the right size and match the trim colour?"""
Very different. Ford and Toyota don't have a history of ensuring that other mats don't fit.
DR-DOS, Lotus, WordPerfect, .... now Logitech ?
Bless you all
Did anyone actually read the press release before the flaming began?
Unlike the debacle with with Vista when, lets be honest, a lot of manufacturers were slow to get decent drivers for Vista Microsoft are saying that they have made sure none of their hardware is going to cause problems with the new OS.
Anyone who has had the misfortune to install an HD4850 Graphics card on a Vista computer will understand the pain of shoddy support. Its taken months and months for AMD and the various card vendors to admit the problems with that card lie with the drivers and not with Vista. I'm not seeing any of them announce that they are testing their products with Windows 7 to ensure we don't buy plastic bricks. But Im very sure they will be more than happy to take your money off you and then make vague accusations apportioning blame at MS when they blatantly know they are at fault. Which of course means you lot all get the pitchforks out and start the fires so you can burn M$ at the stake. Not all computer problems are caused by the OS you know.
And while we are on the subject, at least M$ updates their products on a regular basis. I can think of at least 4 major hardware manufacturers who should be strung up for their shoddy after sales service. When people stop acting like sheep and actually check their facts before making statements the world will be a better place.
Paris, because she knows she can get F@cked by more than one source
We know that 75% of people will either rip it off or not bother buying ( OEM copies, etc ), so we need to try to make some money out of it somehow. I know, the age old money spinner... MERCHANDISING!
Win7 t-shirts : "I upgraded and all I got was this lousy O/S!"
Novelty condoms : "You've been fecked the rest, now get fecked by the best! It's MS!"
Balloons : ( Full of hot air and no substance?! )
Hang on, I have a whole sheet full here.....