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The ASA has ruled that it's perfectly plausible to claim that Windows 7 was developed by a bunch of rugby players' girlfriends, "private-browsing" dads, and spud-faced kids in Spanish cafes rather than a bunch of highly trained, generously paid developers in Redmond. The ruling came in response to eight complaints about one of …

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  1. Magnus_Pym

    But it's true...

    ... Windows 7 was built from other people's ideas. As are almost all Microsoft products

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      @MP

      I know! Shitting in a bucket, then plugging a keyboard and mouse into it. That was /my/ idea.

  2. hplasm Silver badge
    Linux

    But isn't the idea of the adverts

    To explain why Windows is shit?

  3. LuMan
    Troll

    <slaps forehead>

    Christ on a bike! I may not be a big fan of Windows, but why do folk feel they have to complain about something as obvious as this?? Have they nothing better to do?? Obviously not. Makes my blood boil.

    Hang on... There's irony here somewhere.. hmm..

    1. Wize

      Maybe they complained under that banner...

      ...as there is no precedent for having adverts taken off air for being annoying.

    2. David_H
      Grenade

      As bad a Shreddies

      They won't let me into the factory to see if the nana's really do knit the stuff.

      I think they are lying!

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Implying something is a new technology

    When it has been availiable for several years on other operating systems?

    Nope, I've never seen a tech company do that before.

    1. Neil Hoskins
      Jobs Horns

      To be fair, though...

      I've never been aware of Apple themselves claiming that they invented the smartphone, or the internet tablet, or the MP3 player, it's just that mass market tech numpties assume that that's the case.

  5. James Hughes 1

    May not have been misleading

    But the adverts were definitely crap.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    sometimes

    I wonder if the people were just trolling or really were so retarded as to believe the advert was factual. I like many thought the adverts were irritating and crap but that's just adverts for you.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Flame

      You are missing the point...

      I was one of those who complained, and of course I didn't believe the adverts... but the problem is that huge numbers of people *do* believe that Windows is a brilliant operating system and that Microsoft *did* invent all of this stuff. The same people who think they ought to pay Microsoft for anti-virus software to counter the fact that Windows is inherently broken in the first place, and that having to re-boot your computer every few days is a natural part of having a computer.

      Jeez... Microsoft has been fined over a BILLION euros by the European Court of First Instance for multiple instances of criminal abuse of its near monopoly on operating systems... don't you think that challenging some of the wilder claims it makes about its crapware is a sensible thing to do?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        so

        You were a troll. Could you pay the money wasted on this back to the government please?

  7. Steve X
    Thumb Down

    comedic and ficticious manner

    Sadly "in a comedic and ficticious manner" seems to apply to far too much of the Windows design. Indeed, my use of the word "design" there could be taken in that context...

  8. Reading Your E-mail
    Coat

    I smell a lawsuit

    Brought by the people in the ads. "Miccysoft said it was my idea, so I'm gonna sue them for IP theft"

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Coat

    Durrrrr

    TBH, that Ad just made me think rugby players are idiots. So, not misleading then. Well done the ASA.

    1. PsychicMonkey
      Troll

      but at least

      the rugby player has a girlfriend....

      I know, I shouldn't feed them. but won't somebody think of the trolls?

    2. William Towle
      Paris Hilton

      Re: Durrrrr

      "TBH, that Ad just made me think rugby players are idiots"

      Things don't bode particularly well for the girl either if spangly new laptop (plus data) ultimately suffers the same fate, does it? [hence Paris ] ;)

      ...not particularly convinced "to the cloud! [Windows logo appears Batman-style]" necessarily conveys the intended impression either, but at least it's passably amusing either way.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Joke

      Damned rugby players

      Can't control their balls....

  10. Fuzz

    Other operating system

    "..when they understood that the feature had been available for several years on other operating systems..."

    Other operating systems like Windows XP Media Centre edition and Windows Vista.

    Seriously though, if the complainants want to show me another operating system where it's possible to have a full functioning PVR with support for terrestrial, cable and satellite without installing any additional software and that can be set up by a rugby players boyfriend (rather than someone who knows how to configure a mysql server), then they might have a point.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Badgers

      Be interesting

      To see if anyone like that could do it on Windows?

      I've had to put in the TV schedule collection, but otherwise my 'rents (non technical folks) PVR is running mythbuntu - straight and simple installation from disc - no skill required, just follow a few prompts initially...

      1. Ammaross Danan
        Coat

        Mythbuntu

        MythTV has problems with encoded content, such as the standard "digital cable" that's being punted around here. No more analog channels, no more MythTV :( Shame I can't find a decent setup that doesn't require serial wiring to the channel-changing hookups on the back of the cable-provider-provided box. I'm sure Windows has the same problem though, so moot point?

    2. martin burns
      WTF?

      Cable & Satellite?

      Hmm so show me it recording Sky & Virgin media then.

      Oh that's right, you can't because of the DRM. Same as for EyeTV then: you can record everything free to air (Freeview/Freesat) and that's it.

      Funny, but I've had that for 3 years now (and wasn't that new then either)

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    ""overtly fictitious""

    I thought that was Windows 7

    1. Sooty

      sounds like

      they are saying that their customers provided them some requirements, and they made something that met them.

      yep, when i put it like that it does sound pretty fictitious, I've never received a proper set of requirements before the build is complete!

  12. Annihilator
    Paris Hilton

    Nearly

    "If this leaves you feeling that having to have the joke explained means it didn't really work, no matter"

    I think it worked for the rest of the population, it just flew over the heads of 8 idiots... Not uncommon. Actually thought they were pretty good adverts.

    Now the advert featuring a woman who Photoshops her family by using "the cloud", now that's a different kettle of fish that I don't really get either..

  13. Andrew Garrard
    Gates Horns

    Alice's claim was meant to suggest "Microsoft had taken it from her in a deceitful manner".

    *Oh*. I'd always assumed that the ads were supposed to mean that someone (presumably lots of people) had given Microsoft some feedback, and they'd listened to it and added the feature. Which is a far more comical idea, now I come to think of it.

    1. Jon 52

      decitful microshaft

      I'd always asumed the same the advert models were represnting people who had left feedback to microsoft (or microsoft had some sort of Focus Group event and got ideas from idiots who have time to spare to attend focus groups)

      Then it turns out microsoft are saying that the ideas were deceitfully stolen from other people and put into windows 7, same old microshaft... buy 'em out boys!

  14. ShaggyDoggy

    Windows 7 itself

    is misleading

    end of

  15. Daniel Evans

    Am I the only one...

    ...who still does not get what on earth the whole "I'm a PC, and I invented Win 7" tag line actually means? Maybe MS redefined what "PC" stands for while I wasn't looking?

    1. Tony Smith, Editor, Reg Hardware (Written by Reg staff)

      Re: Am I the only one...

      PC = Perfect C**k?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Unhappy

        I'm not sure about all that

        If she's a perfect C**k, what does she need a boyfriend for? er....

      2. unitron

        and MS OSes...

        = Perfect C**kup?

    2. kyle elliott

      Microsoft didnt redefine it

      Apple redefined PC to mean "any home computer that isn't an apple" ages ago. After all, Macs are PCs (personal computers) but they decided they didn't want to be associated with what they are and claimed they were somehow different. Hardware wise the only difference is the apple stamp and being 2 years behind the rest of the market, just like dell, only at a 3x premium for that stamp. Software wise they are still just bastardized unix from the version of NExT they forked off of and their own special UI.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Apple makes PCs

        According to the Mac App launch, the computers that the new App Store (retail download-only) software titles run on are PCs.

        I would interpret "Windows 7 was my idea" to mean at least "The feature that I just described is in Windows 7 and was not in previous versions", but apparently I know nothing.

  16. Joefish
    WTF?

    She also states "I'm a PC".

    Now that's clearly misleading, as she seems to lack either a standard motherboard or, for the sake of argument, provide any valid police identification. Then again, maybe she's with the Met...

    1. John Robson Silver badge

      Polotically correct isn't a noun...

      so Public Convenience is the only remain option...

      1. peter 5 Silver badge

        @ Politically correct isn't a noun...

        But *Player Character* is.

        I'm a PC, and I'm a level 21 Fighter/Thief/Magic User.

    2. Daniel B.
      Boffin

      Potshots at Mac

      Now, it would've been comical for someone to complain about the (thankfully) discontinued "I'm a Mac, and I'm a PC" ads because the snobbish bastard was clearly not a fruity PC*, and the other guy was clearly not a PC.

      * They're both IBM-compatible PCs running x86 hardware. The only difference is the software and the outer look!

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Daniel B.

        "They're both IBM-compatible PCs running x86 hardware" It's not that simple. An Apple designed Personal Computer (or 'Mac') isn't actually IBM compatible (AT/ATX etc.). Contrary to popular belief, perpetuated by trolls like you, only the Mac Pro contains what could be described as 'off-the-shelf' parts, and while Windows can be installed without OS X being on the machine it's inadvisable.

  17. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    So ...

    If being able to watch TV is an "inbuilt capability" then surely all Windows 7 users in the UK need to ensure they have a TV license, and sellers of machines with Windows 7 installed need to ensure the buyers details are passed on to the TV Licensing organisation so they can send out their usual extortion letter demanding money.

    Whether a user uses it to watch TV is not the point, but that the machine how has the capability to do this is. If I own a TV then I need a license whether I watch TV channels or not!

    1. squilookle
      Go

      Actually...

      I recently bought a TV card for my PC (as it came with Windows 7 but no card) and had to fill out the form for TV licensing.

      I assume you would have to do the same if the PC came with the TV card installed aswell?

    2. SkippyBing Silver badge

      Err...

      Only if they have the receiver hardware included. When you buy one of those USB TV sticks in PC World they ask for your details so they can pass them onto the TVLA but just having software that can decode/record/playback TV signals doesn't require a license as the legislation doesn't cover that.

      1. Hans 1 Silver badge
        Boffin

        Order that shit in France over the intrewebs

        There, done!

    3. Colin Millar
      Boffin

      Its not an inbuilt capacity to watch TV

      Its an inbuilt capacity to handle a DVB-T or S signal.

      The claim is quite specific - no additional sofware required. You still need the hardware and if you bought a boxen with a tuner card and win7 installed in the UK you would find that the retailed would pass on your details to TVlicensing.

      Its the tuner card that makes you TV capable.

      As for plugging a tuner card into a Linux box and having it go "oh great - a TV card - here's some tv to watch" - good one, very funny.

    4. PsychicMonkey
      FAIL

      not so.....

      it requires extra hardware to watch tv, the license will be required when you buy that. If you buy a TV card for any pc they send your details to TV licensing.

      If the windows 7 computer already has the hardware, the computer supplier will pass your details on to them.

      Microsoft may not be that great but Windows 7 is actually pretty good. but most of you slagging it wouldn't have used it would you?

      1. Hans 1 Silver badge
        Boffin

        no, not so ....

        You only need a tv license in the UK if you watch broadcast stuff on your screen (TV, computer etc).

        I have used Windows 7 for about a week ... it is way faster and better than Vista, but that is not the point ... it is still slower than XP. Also, they fixed the memory bug that appeared in Vista where it used twice as much RAM than actually required.

        Apart from that, they changed the ui so much it is crap, it took me ages to find things in the beginning ... the start menu browsing has become useless - the old way was better/more efficient .... ok, you can search, but what if you cannot remember the name, but recognize the icon or its name when you see it?

        A waste of time ... no ifs, buts or maybes about it.

    5. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      No you don't

      Only need a license to watch.

    6. bazza Silver badge

      You're missing the point

      Any UK internet connected computer capable of playing streamed flash, running iPlayer, etc. etc. requires a TV license. That would include an ancient old PC running Win95, any iPhone, Macs of many generations, even my Sony Ericsson C905 Symbian phone. There is nothing special about Win7 in that regard. And yes, the likes of Dixons, etc. are obliged to pass your name / address on anyway.

      If you're worried about the extortionate rates of a license I suggest you take a look at TV from other countries and decide whether you'd prefer that instead. But if you're UK based you have got a license haven't you? You're not freeloading off the rest of us are you?

  18. Your Retarded
    Joke

    Joke...

    The joke only had to be explained for a few pathetic individuals who felt it necessary to complain about the ads!

    Personally, I don't think they are in the running for greatest ads of the year - but it's pretty clear they are meant to be comedic.

    1. Eponymous Cowherd
      Thumb Up

      Comedic

      Well, the comedy in the "secret browser guy" ad certainly wasn't lost on me......

  19. yoinkster
    Paris Hilton

    This report has made my day.

    The W7 adverts are quite obviously just jokes that inform the viewer of certain features and the ASA has agreed. Let's be honest here, the adverts are pretty funny/awesome right and do make you feel better about buying W7?

    What we did discover today though is that 8 people have no life.

    Paris because making good prons was her idea.

  20. Chris007
    Flame

    Jeez

    Anybody who didn't see this was a joke should be sent for an attitude re-adjustment

  21. Eponymous Cowherd
    Thumb Down

    Broadly Available?

    ***"It added that Windows 7 was the only broadly available platform which supported both DVB-T and DVB-S without additional software."***

    DVB-T and DVB-S support has been built into the Linux kernel for some time. Certainly before Windows 7 (or even Vista) hit the streets.

    The last time I checked, Linux was "Broadly available" to anyone who can be arsed to choose a distro, download and install it.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      FAIL

      Software available on Linux....yes...

      ...shame the video card drivers to play it back through are utter shit.

  22. Paul Harrap
    Gates Halo

    Oh please

    "I'm a PC" was an obvious - and I think successful - attempt to counter Apple's advertising. It went a something like this:"Hey folks! Apple thinks that everyone who uses a Windows PC is a dork. You use a Windows PC. Everyone uses a Windows PC. Do you like it that Apple thinks you're all dorks?"

    I thought "Windows 7 was my idea" was fairly obviously an attempt by Microsoft to brand Windows 7 as "the new Windows you want" and position themselves as "listening to customer feedback" after the public image disaster of Vista, which was the new version of Windows that nobody wanted.

    Anyone who takes adverts so literally as to complain about this round of Microsoft advertising will be absolutely *gutted* to learn that you can't wear trainers in space, that you can't cheat death by bribing John Malkovich with coffee, and meerkats are not indigenous to Russia.

    1. Dave Murray

      Pay more attention!

      Of course meerkats are not indigenous to Russia. Aleksandr Orlov has already told the story of his ancestors' journey from the deserts of the Kalahari to the shores of Russia!

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      I agree

      Those Mac/PC adverts were tedious enough to warrant poking fun at, the implication that everyone wants to be a polo neck wearing coolster rather than a bespecticaled nerd (or just a normal person, who has a computer) was pretty insulting. At least they dropped them pretty quickly in the UK, but in the US, they were much more savage with the Mac and PC characters being transparantly Steve Jobs and Bill Gates and they kept being shown again and again.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Coat

      Do you happen to work for a marketing/PR boutique ?

      You seem to be very good at it, mate! As for windows, you don't have to want it, you'll get it pushed on you no matter what you do. Sorry but, advertising Windows is like trying to come up with a clever ad for having a belly button.

  23. Peter Clarke 1
    Joke

    @ Tony Smith

    Also

    PC = Proper C##t

  24. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Don't rule out people's stupidity at believing adverts.

    I recently got a serious work request for a machine to record the contents of a person's brain.

    It was suggested that since a toy had been seen on tv that did something like that, then it must be possible.

    The person had a budget of 200 quid.

    So yes people do believe adverts, that's who they are made for!!!

    Although it may be hard to believe but i think that the people who post on this forum forget that they are far more evolved and intelligent than the average tech user / tv consumer / general citizen.

    (that last bit was a joke)

  25. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Maybe

    Maybe they should complain about Apple's Facetime adverts while they are at it.

    Oh, sorry thats Apple so they are untouchable. lol

  26. Jon Double Nice

    Microsoft is quoted as saying

    "oh no, hang on a minute, it was Vista that was designed by a bunch of drunken rugby yahoos and one of their girlfriends - sorry about that!"

  27. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    (untitled)

    "Joke" ?!? What is all this about a joke ? I don't see anything humorous in the ads, just a load of idiots under the delusion that they are Personal Computers, or so they claim. Rather irritating, I'd be happy to give them all a good rebooting.

  28. Greg J Preece

    The one of those I really hate

    Is the one with that tw@ in Spain, who claims to be there to get some "culture," then immediately declares all Spanish TV to be shite. If that's supposed to be a joke, it didn't come across as one - it just made me want to punch the smug bellend.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Troll

      Spanish TV

      You mean Spanish TV isn't shite? It is pretty much shite, and worst of all, it finds its way into other Spanish-speaking countries!

  29. Spartacus

    Selling the dream...

    or in MS's case selling the joke.

  30. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    (untitled)

    I thought "Windows 7 was my idea" was fairly obviously an attempt by Microsoft to brand Windows 7 as so irritating you are warned off touching it with a ten foot bargepole. So I guess it is performing a public service, when I consider my exprience with it so far.

  31. Anonymous Coward
    Joke

    Im a PC....

    And contacting the ASA was my idea.....

  32. Jason Bloomberg Silver badge
    Gates Halo

    I'm a PC and the sex is great!

    Since buying a Windows 7 PC I find that I'm hounded and pursued by gangs of females just begging for it and eager to satisfy my every need whenever I go out. So much so that I no longer have need for any browser and high-speed internet connection.

    Thank you Microsoft. Or maybe it's the spray-on deodorant I also bought at the same time?

  33. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Raaaaaargh

    [Insert anti-Microsoft sentiment here]

  34. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It's all in the title

    "which might be a relief to its developers who are still having to convince their friends and family that Windows 7 really was their idea"

    I bet there aren't many people at Microsoft clammering to claim responsibility for Windows 7!

    1. Sapper
      WTF?

      What's with the hate?

      I actually quite like Windows 7! I was pleasantly surprised by it.

      RAARRR RAARRR MICRO$OFT!! < eye roll>

  35. Jerome 0

    How very overt of them

    "overtly fictitious"?

    A lie, then.

  36. Tim Jenkins

    ads were "overtly fictitious"

    Hell; is that why I'm still waiting for my Citroen C4 to transform into an awesome ice-skating robot?

    1. Tony Smith, Editor, Reg Hardware (Written by Reg staff)

      Re: ads were "overtly fictitious"

      or, indeed, a decent car :-)

      1. Steven Raith
        Thumb Up

        O/T - Citroen C4

        About the only car I have driven that has zero feedback through any of the controls, at all.

        Despite having half the power, the Ka I drive for work is actually faster point to point because I can tell what it's doing through the seat of the pants/steering wheel/pedals - it gives you confidence to drive it harder, and allows you to keep up a higher average speed as a result. The C4 is the opposite of that - it forces you drive conservatively because you can't tell what it's up to.

        Citroen C4 - hateful, hateful thing.

        Steven R

  37. N2 Silver badge

    Utterly daft advertising

    Will somebody kindly explain what "life without walls" is supposed to mean?

    Without walls, the roof would collapse on me and life would very swiftly end

    The same also applies to completely wank car adverts where cars appear to fly.

    IIm sorry but cars dont fly (yet) and I wouldnt buy one if they did in case it ran on Windows.

  38. John 62

    Down with Apple Marketing

    Every time I saw or heard "I'm a PC" I cursed the people who thought up Apple's get a Mac ad campaign.

    Windows 7 was Dave Cutler's idea. So there. (being based as it is on WinNT)

  39. pica
    FAIL

    "life without walls"

    Hmmm thinking about that but in a "life without walls" why the hell would you need windows?

    1. Eponymous Cowherd
      Thumb Up

      Well, they couldn't say "life without fences"

      'Cos if you don't have fences, you don't need Gates.

  40. Doug Glass
    Go

    What idiot ...

    ... doesn't recognize hyperbole when they see it? Oh, damn ... sorry.

  41. Anonymous Coward
    Thumb Up

    I've only ever seen one good microsoft advert.

    That was the life is short, play more ad for the xbox.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afLYBScd5do

    Which IMO is one of the best ad's I've ever seen.

  42. Anonymous Coward
    Joke

    Microsoft...

    "The ASA has ruled that it's perfectly plausible to claim that Windows 7 was developed by a bunch of rugby players' girlfriends, "private-browsing" dads, and spud-faced kids in Spanish cafes rather than a bunch of highly trained, generously paid developers in Redmond."

    Aha, they've obviously used a previous version or two of windows. Some of them definitely feel as though they were developed by rugby players' girlfriends!

    Mind you, a lot of their software is like that, so I can see where the ASA are coming from with that one ;)

  43. IsJustabloke
    Stop

    I refuse to enoble a simple forum post....

    I believe the news here has been horribly overlooked namely...

    ASA in sensible decision shocker!

    The ASA in a radical change from normal procedures decides that if only 8 people complained about an advert that millions must have seen and ignored / got the joke / didn't give a toss about and therefore concludes the 8 people concerned are fuckwits that seriously need to get a life.

  44. Anonymous Coward
    Happy

    Erm..

    no additional hardware is needed to watch TV:

    Iplayer

    ITV Player

    SKY Player

    TV Catchup

    to name but a few of the reasons why.

    Oh, and megalolz at the bitter Mac-tards and their niche, minority OS.

    1. Tom 7 Silver badge

      And I can watch all of those on my 7 year old pc

      no windows needed.

    2. P. Lee Silver badge
      Troll

      re: megalolz at the bitter Mac-tards and their niche, minority OS.

      I think you'll find mactards smug rather than bitter.

      I suspect that the overall issue is that the "get a mac" campaign was generally thought to be clever, funny and entertaining whereas the "I'm a pc" campaign is annoying.

      Irony, thy name is Microsoft.

  45. Anonymous Coward
    Linux

    Roll your own ad

    I was really hoping that someone would cook up a Web site, where you could upload a photo of yourself (looking like the people in these ads), add your own caption, and get a spoof "I'm a PC..." ad.

    It would've been fun to have an ad reading "I'm a PC, and Windows 7 can bite me". Especially if I could stick Tux on there in place of the Winlogo...

  46. 20legend

    @N2

    1) Life without walls does not mean that the roof would fall in, if you were already outdoors.

    2) As for flying cars, you may want to google/bing/yahoo! for Terrafugia Transition

    HTH

  47. Arctic fox

    I really think that in order to be "mislead" by those ads........

    ........you would have you would have to be so brain dead that you would have difficulty walking and breathing at the same time, let alone have any idea what a pc was. I say that without taking any position concerning the quality of the advertisements per se. The Famous Eight remind very strongly of those supporters (two men and dog) the late Mary Whitehouse had who always managed to fined _something_ offensive to complain about even if it was the weather forecast.

    1. steogede

      @Arctic Fox

      >> I really think that in order to be "mislead" by those ads you would have you would have to be so brain dead that you would have difficulty walking and breathing at the same time, let alone have any idea what a pc was.

      Sounds like the perfect description of the average PC World Customer (or staffer for that matter). Perhaps that is what PC stands for, *P*C World *C*ustomer

  48. Martin Usher
    WTF?

    How can you be sure that the bleedin' obvious was "my idea"

    Invention is subjective. You invent something because you don't know what exists outside your world. That doesn't necessarily mean that what you've invented is unique, its more likely to be an expression of how little you know.

    This advertising was just a way of trying to illustrate how Win7's UI has a "common touch", designed for use by ordinary people. (Its certainly not designed for use by computer users.)

  49. maclovinz

    Marketing ≠ Lies?

    Since when does MARKETING = TRUTH???

    Anyone?

    Yes, this is such NEWS!

  50. Anonymous Coward
    FAIL

    I invented windows 7

    It came out the back end of my manure spreader....

  51. Uplink
    Pint

    Windows 7

    I run Linux on both my laptops and deleting Windows 7 was my idea :)

  52. Jay 2
    Thumb Up

    Another good Microsoft ad

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xB9fhjnJcB0

    Though unfortunately this one was never shown on TV for some reason...

  53. steogede

    I think they had a valid point

    Microsoft implied that recording telly on on your PC is a new feature only possible with Windows 7. Only 8 people complained, but I bet more than 8 idiots went out and bought Windows 7 because they wanted to record telly. The other 999,992 idiots are still trying to install Windows 7 or work out why they can't record record telly with TV tuner or work out why their DVD Player won't read the DVD.

    BTW, with regard to the point someone made about TV licenses and buying a TV card, when you buy any hardware capable of receiving broadcast television, the supplier is required to pass on your details - however you aren't (AFAIK) required to give the correct details to the retailer (or even any details).

    Also BTW, if you buy a telly at Tesco and use a clubcard, they won't ask you for your address, they'll take it from their database.

  54. Doug Lynn
    Happy

    Windows 7 is the adult grow up from the Vista baby!

    Hi, yes Windows 7 is based on Vista fixed and optimized. And has been greatly received!!! Outsold Windows XP and Vista comblined I heard!!!

  55. Richard Porter

    "several years on other operating systems"

    Indeed. I could watch tv on RISC OS in the late 1980s/early 90s. It entailed taking the video output from the Teletext adapter and feeding it into a digitiser podule. It wasn't great but I could get screen grabs from tv programmes. I've also had Eye-tv on the Mac for quite a while.

  56. Hans 1 Silver badge
    Grenade

    Outsold Windows XP and Vista comblined I heard

    XP has been around almost a decade, even if everybody who had a Windows XP system bought a Windows 7 system, it would still not outsell, since ppl have had several pc's over the decade .... or do you mean it outsells XP, which you cannot get your hands on now except in niche markets, counting sales since Windows 7 came out?

    LOL

    Linux outsold Vista .. LOLZ

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