Face it, Windows Ultimate Extras are history

Face it, Windows Ultimate Extras are history

Summary: One thing that you can say about Long Zheng is that he's tenacious. He just won't let the issue of the missing Windows Ultimate Extras drop. But I'm now pretty convinced that the chances of seeing any decent Windows Ultimate Extras have died.

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One thing that you can say about Long Zheng is that he's tenacious. He just won't let the issue of the missing Windows Ultimate Extras drop. But I'm now pretty convinced that the chances of seeing any decent Windows Ultimate Extras have died.

There was a time when I was enthusiastic about Windows Ultimate Extras because the program seemed like a good way for Microsoft to drip-feed Ultimate users with useful utilities and fun apps, but as time went on I started to get the feeling that Microsoft really didn't have much of a plan as to what extras and that maybe they wouldn't be as cool as I'd hoped. Now I'm certain that what we've seen so far will be the best of the Extras.

I've even dropped my standards over what I consider to as Extras - the other day someone asked me what the current line-up of Extras was and I mentioned the language packs even though I knew they'd be of no use to the guy. And the others, well DreamScene is fine if you like killing your system's performance (it causes my quad-core system to idle at about 30% CPU) and Texas Hold-Em is fine if you like that sort of thing.

Long Zheng has some ideas for the Windows Ultimate Extras team:

  • Premium high-resolution wallpapers pack
  • Premium DreamScene videos
  • Arcade or puzzle games (ex. Peggle)
  • Windows Media Player 11 skins or visualizations
  • Windows DVD Maker menu themes
  • Windows Photo Gallery slideshow themes
  • Extended free trials of Windows Live OneCare
  • Premium Internet Explorer 7 add-ons

All good ideas, but I have another suggestion - a T-shirt with the slogan "I bought Windows Vista Ultimate and all I got was this lousy T-shirt!"

Face it, Windows Ultimate Extras are history

Accept it folks, there isn't going to be any cool stuff.

Thoughts?

Topics: Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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  • It's OK, the rebate will be on it's way soon. (NT)

    TripleII
    TripleII-21189418044173169409978279405827
    • I heard that the check was in the mail

      Several years ago...........

      I wouldn't hold my breath, though.
      Ole Man
      • I have been told that rebates will be in two batches

        The first batch, for those who purchased Windows Vista Ultimate in the United States, will be mailed from the Microsoft facility in Red Neck, Tennessee, on 31 April 2008. The second, for international victims, will be mailed from Erewhon, New Zealand, on 29 February 2009. Microsoft thanks you for your pliant servitude!
        Jeff Dickey
  • You are not seeing the big picture...

    My rep once again confirmed for me the "Ultimate Advantage" is more of a concept than a product. The media needs to understand this. You bought the Ultimate version of Vista because you ultimately wanted the ultimate OS for the ultimate PC experience. Your purchase was a signal to Microsoft that you were a serious Vista user. Leave Home and Business verions to lesser life-forms and continue to support Microsoft with the Ultimate sign of support, Vista Ultimate. My rep brought MCS in our offices and deloyed DreamScene using Group Policies. But then again, I spared no expense and run Xeon class desktops here.
    Mike Cox
    • Give me a break...

      Give me a break. We should support a company who promised us something tangible and never delivered? It is already bad enough that we have to install an OS and then get online for an hour to download 100's of MB's of updates to fix the base OS. I do not necessarily have a problem with that, but telling us to support a company such as Microsoft and pay good money for a "concept" is a joke. I like MS alot and use all of their products, but you can waste your money on a "concept" if you like. I guess you go to the store and purchase "concepts" all of the time. If Dell/HP/IBM sold you a 5Ghz server now and you find out it only gives you 3+Ghz, would you be satisified with that? I am sure you would, because it is a "concept" of dreaming of 5Ghz and not realizing it. We had to pay plenty extra for the Ultimate version and should realize something tangible for the extra cost. MS should either deliver the goodies or refund the money for the extra cost.
      rafaelr
      • Lets welcome the new member to the site

        Keep coming back, lots of good articles here! :)
        davidr555
        • It's almost like a form of self-hazing for the freshmen, eh?

          If I didn't get almost as much of a kick out of the responses to Mike's posts as I do to his actual posts, I'd suggest he include a disclaimer. But that wouldn't be any fun. ;-)
          MGP2
      • Another fish on the Mike Cox hook...... (nt)

        :-)
        bportlock
      • WOW! You Gotta Live One, Mike! Quick get da' net!

        There are a few really great sites with this kind of comedy and there is always, and I mean, ALWAYS someone thinking it's true, that the information maybe somewhat factual, and it may indeed be. However, they take it seriously and then get irate and comment about it. That's the real killer, isn't it. It's those "fish" that take it seriously.

        All of us, especially here with Mike Cox cracking me up with his wit, knows someone out there that believes if they saw it on the web, it's gospel -- Heaven sakes, the gospel isn't even gospel.

        I say, get the net, and if it's a small fish, don't throw it back in so it can pro-create, no sir, let's cut the little f&*ker up and use 'em for bate!

        At least, maybe we ought to give 'em a shirt?
        Kromaethius
    • Drum roll..........

      peeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesch....
      D T Schmitz
    • re: Big Picture

      Additionally, I am not sure that the Ultimate Extras were the selling point in deciding on Ultimate. C'mon Texas Hold 'Em? Sidebar toys? We're the same people who COMPLAIN about crapware and now we're asking for a rebate for not getting it? I bought (as I suspect most of you did) Ultimate because it contained all the important features of all the Vista SKUs. That's it. Ultimate Extra's are just that - extra. Not a big deal. Additionally, I bought OEM Vista Ultimate from Tiger, so there was no inflated price for a pretty box.
      WookieFan
  • RE: Face it, Windows Ultimate Extras are history

    My understanding from reading this website is that the team has been disbanded all together.
    davidr555
  • Microsloth's idea of "extras"

    Wallpaper? Skins? Themes? That's more like an ultimate insult.
    MGP2
  • Ultimate Waste

    Screen savers. Now that is a nice touch. Can someone answer me as to why Vista Utimate?my primary OS?only has a total of nine (9) screen savers? However, my various Linux distributions (mostly Fedora and Red Hat) have over fifty (50) available screen savers?with most of them being very good?
    The only thing that Vista Ultimate offers is the ability to log into Windows domains while simultaneously having Media Center available. Other than that, I personally find Vista Ultimate an overpriced OS.
    In my opinion, what MS should do is whittle down the Windows SKU to just Vista Business, Vista Enterprise, and Vista (which as all features of the present Vista Ultimate). As for the pricing, the SKU designated for home users should be priced around $150.00; upgrades should cost $125.00. To me, that seems like a very fair price for a commercial, proprietary OS.
    DarienHawk67
    • Go back to a home and pro version system

      No need for so many versions. The current number is confusing at best. There's also
      no excuse for not delivering on the Ultimate Extras. I wonder if we'll see a lawsuit?
      ye
    • Basic economics 101

      [i]"In my opinion, what MS should do is whittle down the Windows SKU to just Vista Business, Vista Enterprise, and Vista (which as all features of the present Vista Ultimate). As for the pricing, the SKU designated for home users should be priced around $150.00; upgrades should cost $125.00. To me, that seems like a very fair price for a commercial, proprietary OS."[/i]

      Fair? You think this is about fair? Don't be silly. This is about fleecing users for all the money M$ can get. There is nothing you can do with Vista that you could not do with XP or Win2K. Vista is just the latest pipeline from your wallet to M$'s bank account.

      Seriously - do you *really* expect M$ to price its products in YOUR favour?
      bportlock
      • You should take the course

        You will learn about inflation. An upgrade to xp home cost $99, that is around $113 in today's money. You can get Vista home premium for around $118 - $120 so Vista is about $5 more than Xp. But Xp didnt include media center when it was released and vista home premium does.

        So the cost hasnt gone up much at all. That said, MS really blew it on the ultimate extras.
        otaddy
      • I'm not a big fan of MS, but...

        I do think it's a little bit unfair to say there's [i]nothing[/i] you can't do with XP you can do with Vista (particularly Vista Ultimate).

        XP didn't have the security enhancements Vista has (let alone the BitLocker encryption). And I have to admit, I like the search functionality. Aero is also a step forward, visually (assuming your system can use it). And the folder structure in Vista is better than in XP.

        In the beginning, my biggest gripe was compatibility. That seems to be much less of an issue as the OS matures.


        Vista isn't perfect, but other than the resources it takes up, it [i]is[/i] a step forward.
        bhartman33@...
  • So by staying with Vista Home...

    I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance?

    Maybe MS should do like Apple and offer a store credit to those who paid full price for their OS.
    daddykevin13
    • offer a store credit?

      That's exactly what Microsoft does. Offer to
      store your credit card numbers so they can
      charge against them whenever they deem
      necessary, which I'm guessing would be quite
      often. The Ultimate price to pay.

      tu dinero a mi dinero..........
      Ole Man