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MS Vista : Damned if you do and if you don't

While I thought it was nice that Scoble didn't try to explain it away, he is the one who kept on coming back and promoting why Vista was so much better than XP.

I'm excited by all the cool features but you know? Others are doing cool stuff today without Vista. Can MS hold onto the desktop for another year? Would it have been better to ship the product and then patches for 3-6 months afterwards? Only time will tell.

in the meantime, Mini has a great take on it -
Mini-Microsoft: Vista 2007. Fire the leadership now! - I can only imagine how all those PC vendors feel.

Maybe MS will come up with a bunch more GoLive licenses for Vista apps but in the meantime, it isn't just the PC vendors who will feel it - it's all those Application developers who are busy trying to make VERY cool products that will work with Vista and now, their applications will have to either a) only work with an OS out in another year OR b) backpedal functionality to support XP.

That's too bad but in the end, it may not matter - especially if everyone starts living "Live" on the web or using a true web-based office solution.


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Attending Southwest Fox 2019 could change your life - Find out how

Southwest Fox is coming up in October and as I do every year, I spoke with the organizers Rick, Doug and Tamar on the FoxShow.

Deadlines for Southwest Fox:
Super-saver price (before July 1): $695
Early-bird price (before August 1): $770
Regular price (August 1 and later): $820
This year, I took a different approach with separate shows for each organizer but the main message is still the same : July 1st is their Go/No-Go date.

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Southwest Fox is a community-driven conference - it's not driven by a company with an agenda. Listen to the interviews and you can hear how important each of the organizers feel the live connection between speakers and among attendees.