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Is freeware doomed when we switch to Vista?

news from BillAllin, Mar 2007, permalink


From Clif:

Bill Allin sent me this update from the mysterious MS Mole. At one point, they mention that lots of good freeware won't run in Windows Vista. I'm hoping it's just a matter of time until people get adjusted to Vista. I've heard that most of the stand-alone programs that don't write to the registry still work ok. Getting Windows Vista Certification is nice, but it's not required as I understand it. Feel free to comment below if I need corrected.


Side note: Does anyone want to create a good logo for MS Mole? I see lots of images online but I'm sure most of them are legally protected from scavengers. Just comment below and leave your email addy. It won't show up on the comment page.


From Bill:

Hi Clif,


MS Mole reports that the gloves are off and the down and dirty fighting has begun between Microsoft and several large software manufacturers who refuse to submit to the $10,000 fee MS wants to certify each piece of software for its Vista operating system. Big names in play are Symantec, McAfee and Sage (top level owner of most well known accounting programs and packages).

Some software makers of big programs have said that they won't support any use of their programs on Vista systems. This has prompted more threats of litigation from their customers.


Small software makers and freeware programmers haven't a hope of meeting those costs, so unless something changes lots of good freeware will not run in Vista. No workaround is in sight at this time.


Microsoft has withdrawn all advertising it planned to issue promoting Vista for the next two weeks. Considering the Vista budget, that's a lot of cash that won't be flowing for a while.


Many users of Internet Explorer 7 may be happy with their conversion, but it's causing headaches for others. The problems with the security of IE7 are apparently so bad that a few insiders are whispering that it may not even be possible to fully fix the browser.


With Microsoft under attack from many sides, one good piece of news is that it is negotiating with one anti-virus maker (I can't mention names, but it's big in Europe and not so well known in North America) to use its method for checking for installed components before recommending updates. Over the past year MS has loaded hoards of useless code into unsuspecting users' computers because the MS update software can't seem to tell accurately what a computer needs and what it already has installed.


In general, the reaction of Microsoft to its extremely stressful situations is to raise its fees for all kinds of things. It also has begun to engage several software makers in joint agreements (ostensibly for the use of their software) whose main purpose is to prevent them from suing MS because of a mutual protection clause it puts into all such agreements.


Despite its obvious good works (including fighting AIDS and illiteracy), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation serves to garner the Microsoft boss and his company lots of good publicity to help counteract the negative press that is about to explode in the near future.



Bill Allin

'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today’s Epidemic Social Problems,' a book about real and inexpensive solutions to community problems most people think are inevitable evils of modern society. They aren't. We just have to look in the right place.


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Contact author Bill Allin at turningitaround@sympatico.ca