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Old 20th July 2007, 11:20   #1
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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has told its freshmen to buy PCs loaded with Windows XP. One day MIT will start supporting Vista, a spokesman said. But not yet. Comp USA has a huge range of XP machines which it is planning flog during the back-to-school sales season. Circuit City wants to sell nine XP models on its Web site.

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I can't remember shops and companies being so "hostile" to a new OS from Microsoft. When XP was announced, Windows 2000 was quickly replaced on all OEM machines; with Vista this doesn't seem to be the case at all.
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considering 50% of all systems sold are portables, not surprising


on a desktop Vista might be an annoyance but on a laptop it is hurting the most crucial value for the customer (battery life)
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Don't think battery life is the cause; I have been using Vista laptop since last Feb.
Likely the school system is not ready for Vista. Email client for example could be one of the reasons.
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Outlook 2007 works very nicely with Vista fyi
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Oh yes, I am using Office 2003, because Office XP outlook is not supported. I have Office 2007 but I am not ready to make the plunge just yet.
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Found Outlook 2007 much better than 2003; I used Outlook Express 5.5 eons ago , then switched to 2000 with good success, moved to 2003, didn't see much improvement, switched to Thunderbird, which took a while to get used to an reorganize all 30k+ mails; Tried out Outlook 2007, and was impressed by features and speed, much niftier too than Thunderbird, had to pay $50 to get a good Thunderbird > PDF program, but it was worth it.

At the end of the day though, I find gmail to be an amazingly powerful online email client compared to a full desktop one like Outlook 2007. The only problem I have (with both) is that spam filtering sometimes moves good mails to junk, checking both gmail/outlook allows me to recover most of these good mails from the bad place; but I'm sure many still slip through and get deleted without me ever knowing/reading them.
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