A first from Dell: giving customers a choice of Windows operating systems


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Larry

Today in a newspaper advertisement for Dell computers directed at business
customers, the ad gave customers a choice of Windows Vista or Windows XP for
each computer being offered. I've never seen anything like this before. In
the past, once a new version of Windows had come out, Dell sold all its new
computers with the new version.

What this seems to indicate is that Dell is aware of the problems with Vista
and the unhappiness many users have expressed about it, so they want to
attract more customers by giving them the option of buying XP.
 
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Richard Urban

What about the "fact" that HP is out selling Dell - and HP is offering only
Vista?

Dell is just losing it and they are grabbing at a life ring.

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Regards,

Richard Urban
Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
(For email, remove the obvious from my address)

Quote from George Ankner:
If you knew as much as you think you know,
You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
 
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Frank

Larry said:
Today in a newspaper advertisement for Dell computers directed at business
customers, the ad gave customers a choice of Windows Vista or Windows XP for
each computer being offered. I've never seen anything like this before. In
the past, once a new version of Windows had come out, Dell sold all its new
computers with the new version.

What this seems to indicate is that Dell is aware of the problems with Vista
and the unhappiness many users have expressed about it, so they want to
attract more customers by giving them the option of buying XP.
Uuhhh...that news is so old as to be ancient.
Frank
 
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Spanky deMonkey

Yea, but who would want a crappy HP machine anyway? Even though Dell is
"losing it" their machines are much better than HP. Oh the poor
consumer....

People who buy HP machines don't know any better, therefore don't know they
have choices (or don't understand it)
 
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Nandro

Just out of curiosity what's so bad about HP? I mean at least what's worse
about them than Dell?

Nandro
 
J

Julian

Larry said:
Today in a newspaper advertisement for Dell computers directed at business
customers, the ad gave customers a choice of Windows Vista or Windows XP
for
each computer being offered. I've never seen anything like this before.
In
the past, once a new version of Windows had come out, Dell sold all its
new
computers with the new version.

What this seems to indicate is that Dell is aware of the problems with
Vista
and the unhappiness many users have expressed about it, so they want to
attract more customers by giving them the option of buying XP.

When I used to work in the IT department of a large company
it was routine to spend a year or so testing and planning
such a major upgrade. Meanwhile we still needed new PCs.
 
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Julian

Richard Urban said:
What about the "fact" that HP is out selling Dell - and HP is offering
only Vista?

Are HP refusing to supply XP or just not advertising XP anymore?
If HP refuse to supply XP at this early stage in Vistas life they're crazy.
 
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Richard Urban

Look at their web site and judge for yourself. I haven't seen any new
computers with other than Vista being supplied.

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Regards,

Richard Urban
Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
(For email, remove the obvious from my address)

Quote from George Ankner:
If you knew as much as you think you know,
You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
 
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Non-entity

Oh the cheerleading. You couldn't acknowledge that this is what their
customers want...

Bill Halvorsen
 
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Former captain of the Enterprise

and I was the one to post it here first....

so you actually are being informed by some of the things I post here....

:)

And I must point out again that it was one of the things that I predicted...
that people would demand XP because of vista's problems..
and that prediction was back when vista was still in beta! lol

Now all I need is a USB crystal ball...
 
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john

Nandro said:
Just out of curiosity what's so bad about HP? I mean at least what's
worse about them than Dell?

HP's are sold at fine retailers like Sears & WalMart.
You can find all kinds of qualified tech support from the knowledable sales
staff, like Fred, who only 1 hour earlier sold somebody a refrigerator in
the next aisle.
 
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Spanky deMonkey

Have you ever worked on an HP box? Have you seen the inferior parts, the
mainstream junk that was new 5 years ago that HP throws together with the
latest OS? Once you boot up an HP gem, take a look at the crap they load
up. AOL, Earthlink, other crap that I don't even want to think about.
Stuff that slows any computer to a crawl.

I could go on, but I'm going outside for a nice walk because it's still 80
degrees outside with sunshine. Nice to go out and get away from a screen.
 
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Spanky deMonkey

Maybe you could buy Lottey tickets and then when you win, you will wind up
on an Island drinking Margaretas (spelling) and enjoying young women. Then
when someone comes up and asks about Vista, you will say "What's Vista?"
 
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Spanky deMonkey

I heard that WalMart will be offering Health Clinics at their stores. Run
don't walk from your friendly HMO!
 
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98 Guy

Larry said:
Today in a newspaper advertisement for Dell computers directed
at business customers, the ad gave customers a choice of Windows
Vista or Windows XP for each computer being offered. I've never
seen anything like this before.

"We heard you loud and clear on bringing the Windows XP
option back to our Dell consumer PC offerings,' Dell said
on its Ideas in Action page. Users get to vote on various
suggestions, and the notion of bringing back XP got 10,000
'points,' making it among the most popular requests but
well below top picks such as adding Linux or OpenOffice.org
to its PCs," Fried reports."

http://www.macdailynews.com/index.p...ista_beleaguered_dell_brings_back_windows_xp/

See also:

http://www.slashgear.com/customers-to-dell-we-want-xp-194856.php

I think this story is getting more exposure in places outside the US,
like UK and Australia.

I've heard that Macro$haft is offering something called XP-starter
edition in India or China for like $3. Yes, three dollars. But it's
heavily handicapped, and it's not selling well:

Five countries to get cheap Windows XP
Published: August 10, 2004, 8:00 PM PDT
http://www.slashgear.com/customers-to-dell-we-want-xp-194856.php

Microsoft Takes On Digital Divide with $3 Windows-Office Bundle
Published: April 25, 2007
http://www.itjungle.com/two/two042507-story05.html
 
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Richard Urban

You're right. I was looking at the home user Pavilion series.

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Regards,

Richard Urban
Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
(For email, remove the obvious from my address)

Quote from George Ankner:
If you knew as much as you think you know,
You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
 
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Mike Hall MVP

Julian

This is the business range that one rarely sees on the shelves of consumer
stores, and they are supplied 'box' only.. HP are as aware as most that
business is always slower to take up new technology than the guy on the
street who is looking more for bragging rights than a stable and well
understood OS that has to support mission critical work.. I daresay that a
look at Dells business range would reveal the same pattern..



Mike Hall
MS MVP Windows Shell/User
http://msmvps.com/blogs/mikehall/
 
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Julian

Richard Urban said:
You're right. I was looking at the home user Pavilion series.

Yes, home users are a different ball game.

As for businesses... I know of at least one large company
that aren't even going to consider Vista until next year and for
a company like my former employer with say 5000 pc's moving
to Vista is a huge project that could easily take 18 months
with planning, testing and roll out. HP and Dell simply can't
force Vista on such customers without losing business.
 

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