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Top 10 Most Shocking Windows Vista "Facts"

Below are the top 10 most shocking *cough* facts *cough* that have been announced by Microsoft for their upcoming Windows Vista operating system.

  1. Running Windows Vista will require at least 1 gig of RAM and at least a Radeon 9800 Pro or GeForce 5900 Ultra video card.

  2. There will be 47 versions of Windows Vista, including versions designed for gamers, students, bloggers, programmers, and vegetarians.

  3. There will be a few free versions of the operating system but these versions will display ads.

  4. Users will not be able to use Vista unless connected to the internet. Microsoft says this is for security, anti-piracy, streaming real-time content, and serving ads.

  5. Solitaire will not be included in any versions of the software. This is supposedly meant to increase productivity in the workplace.

  6. As reported earlier, Firefox will be pre-installed.

  7. will be the default starting page for both Firefox and IE.

  8. Xbox Live content will be able to be downloaded onto computers running Vista, including full, playable versions of XBox 360 games.

  9. The new Media Center will not only connect with the Xbox 360, but also with Playstation's PS3 and Nintendo's Revolution.

  10. Windows Vista will be safe and secure as it won't be able to be hacked, exploited, or misused.

[tags]Windows Vista, Firefox, Microsoft, Google, Xbox[/tags]

All New Versions of Adobe Photoshop Will Be Free

Adobe has decided to change its approach to the war on piracy by making all future versions of Photoshop available for free. New figures presented to Adobe showed that there are more than ten times the number of pirated versions of the software being used than the legal versions.

"We realize that it is futile to try and stop certain people from downloading illegal copies of our software when the alternative is to pay hundreds of dollars for it," a spokesman for Adobe said yesterday. "This is why we have decided to offer all future versions of Photoshop for free. The free software will be feature complete, with no restrictions on use."

The spokesman went on detailling how Adobe plans on adding ads to the software, ads that will supposedly bring in more money since the free software should grab all the users of the pirated versions. The ads will use Google Adsense technology to determine the type of ads to serve, which will predominately be Photoshop Tutorial ads. The Adsense technology will take keywords from the text, layer names, and file names to determine what ads to serve. Adobe will then either get paid per click or per view, depending on the type of ad.

Certain menus and dropdowns will have ads included as well. For example, the bottom of the fonts drop down will have a link to a Google Ad for font downloads and the filter tab will have filter download and tutorial ads. There will also be a search feature included in new versions of Photoshop that will pull up results in a similar fashion as Google's search results, with normal results being next to paid ads.

A complete list of ads, ad positions, and ad pricing has not be released.

[tags]Adobe Photoshop, Google Adsense, Google Adwords[/tags]

Windows Vista to Ship With Firefox

Windows Vista
There is much rumor and speculation surrounding Microsoft's next operating system, dubbed Windows Vista. One big area of speculation is what kind of software might be bundled with the OS and rumor has it that Firefox will be part of the package this go around.

Microsoft is notorious for bundling software that helps keep the company on top of the technology food chain. Internet Explorer is a key example of this. For each Windows release, Internet Explorer tags along packaged and installed all ready to go with its homepage set as reminding you that Microsoft is indeed everywhere. With Internet Explorer being such a large part of the bundled Microsoft advantage that comes with each Windows version, why would Gates seemingly shoot himself in the foot by throwing in rival Firefox? Well, money of course.

First off, remember that Microsoft has been in trouble before for it's OS monopoly practices. As such, bundling a rival browser will help fend off any notion of Microsoft using it's OS as a way of forcing products upon consumers. Not only will it help in the courtroom, it will help their image as well. It won't change the negative opinions of the masses overnight, but each small battle may just help Microsoft win the war on their PR.

Second, Firefox has had a campaign going with Google for awhile now that gives $1 for each referral to users that download and install their browser for the first time. Well, think about what happens when Microsoft installs the browser for new users for each Windows Vista purchased? That's quite a lot of dollars adding up to pad Microsoft's bank account. More importantly though, it will most likely spell disaster for Firefox as Mozilla won't be able to pay out that kind of cash.

So what happens when Vista is released? Microsoft improves image by bundling a competitor's software while helping convince the courts that they are moving towards a less monopolistic approach in their operating systems. As an added bonus they make some money off Firefox referrals while also more than likely putting their competitor out of business.

[tags]Windows Vista, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Mozilla[/tags]