Reasons to Avoid Microsoft
These pages are a compilation of links and quotes to news articles and
others sources that might help convince you to switch to Linux.
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- Microsoft: No Xbox for You!
Microsoft is very concerned about a man having been acquitted after allegedly
selling modified chips... So concerned in fact, that they are saying: change
the law, or they will have to reconsider selling the Xbox in Australia.
- Microsoft takes heavy losses on the Xbox
Beating Sony and Nintendo in the gaming console market is apparently
worth billions to the software giant.
- Electronic Arts in Sony Game Deal
(New York Times,
...officials of Electronic Arts said that although it was also in talks
with the Microsoft Corporation on joining [their] online effort, it had
reservations about Microsoft's strategy. ... Microsoft had been trying to
force software publishers to offer their online games on data-serving
computers controlled by Microsoft, a move that could potentially give
Microsoft access to information about customers.
- Microsoft Tried to Buy Nintendo
Following last month's rather shocking revelation that Microsoft had
originally tapped Sega to develop the Xbox, it's now been revealed that
at one point Microsoft was dealing with Nintendo too. In fact, Microsoft
was all but set to outright buy the company.
- Analysts: Xbox momentum slowing
Microsoft Corp. may be falling behind on its fiscal-year shipment
targets for the Xbox ... In its regular global video game survey last week,
Goldman Sachs said U.S. retailers showed a "surprisingly clear" preference
for Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 2 over the Xbox.
- Xbox Revelations: Sega Paid Off, No Square Support, MGSX Cancelled?
Sega proudly supports the Xbox with several titles, but the secrets
behind how this arrangement came about are shocking. Back in 1999,
Bill Gates forged an agreement with Sega's late president Isao Okawa
that would have handed the Xbox hardware design and manufacturing duties
over to Sega.
- PlayStation 2 gets kicked out of CeBit
Less than a week after Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer told
visitors to the massive CeBIT exhibition in Germany that he wanted to
see a warmer, friendlier Microsoft, his company has become embroiled in
a row with Sony over gaming consoles. Microsoft complained to the show
organizers ... that Sony was breaching show rules by letting people play
on Sony PlayStation 2 game consoles. ... Microsoft officials denied that
the company had complained ... [but] the show organizers confirmed [it].
- Xbox woes: Some customers angry
Hundreds of people who bought Microsoft's hot new Xbox game console over
the holidays received defective systems, and some say they waited for weeks
before the devices were fixed. ... 'The whole thing that was so frustrating
was) just the fact that still to this day I'm waiting for a call-back just
to explain to me what happened.' ... [One customer] said it took nearly two
weeks before he received an empty box to send his faulty Xbox back for
repair. At one point, customer service couldn't find his records. ... Still
later, someone called him and asked him how he was enjoying his new Xbox --
which he'd never received.
- Xbox squared
Microsoft's game-box revolution takes the path of mediocrity... Gone is
the bold promise to innovate and revolutionize gaming... In opposition,
all Microsoft really has is a horde of mediocre titles-- and $500 million
to spend on a megaphone loud enough [for Steve Ballmer] to bellow
'Give it up for me!' into a quickly emptying auditorium. ... In any event,
the Xbox's reputation as being the ultimate developer-friendly console
seems to be waning even before its release.
Multiple resets also failed to resolve the problem. Soon after, a screen
appeared that said the Xbox needed customer service repair. The screen
provided a list of customer service phone numbers to contact. Several
Toys R Us employees did not know what went wrong with the Xbox demo unit
that now carried a 'Out of Order' sign. The store received their unit on
Tuesday. The in-store demo units are believed to be actual finalized
hardware that consumers will see at launch. [Another] Xbox unit [...] is
reported to have 'freezing' problems that requires employees to open the
kiosk every 75 minutes to reset the console.
- E3: Xbox Impressions
(Gaming Intellegence Agency,
...the hardware is not entirely stable yet - a crash during Nightcaster
revealed a familiar looking PC boot screen...
- XBox Screenshot Flim-Flammery?
Apparently a game character was pasted on the scene background and a stock
Photoshop lens flare was added. ... The screenshots on the XBox site
have been updated, but gamers seem to have long, intense, pixel-specific
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