Microsoft says more Vista Ultimate add-ons are in the pipeline

Microsoft says more Vista Ultimate add-ons are in the pipeline

Summary: Windows users who shelled out extra to get the top-of-the-line Vista Ultimate SKU, your requests for an update have been answered. Microsoft hasn't abandoned its promise to get more of the expected downloadable add-ons to Ultimat to you, after all.

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Windows users who shelled out extra to get the top-of-the-line Vista Ultimate SKU, your requests for an update have been answered. Microsoft hasn't abandoned its promise to get more of the expected downloadable add-ons to Ultimate to you, after all.

Microsoft posted an update on the whereabouts to the Vista Team Blog on July 2:

"The (Ultimate Extras) team recognizes that they've been dark for some time on the topic of Ultimate Extras, but want to go on record that they plan to deliver pending DreamScene and Language Pack Extras by summer's end, and expect to disclose a schedule of further Extras releases after that milestone," blogged Vista Product Manager Nick White.

No word on what the "further Extras" might include. So don't bother asking....

Topics: Windows, Microsoft

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • MS Windows Possibly The Most Overvalued Asset in World

    This is actually a pretty classic category of business scenario. On the one hand we have MS Windows. It is marketed as the product of rocket scientists with MIT, Stanford and other such credentials (just as an example, there are obviously other esteemed schools that could have been cited instead).

    Linux throws a wrench in this whole marketing campaign: A loosely organized grooup of software developers created an Operating System that adequately serves the needs of a very large number of business and individuals on both the client and server.

    The true value of any asset is what it would cost to replace it. Linux has shown the IT world that the real value of the MS Windows asset is far less than what corporations pay for it. Captive purchasing managers and others with budgetary authority at key customers are the best explanation for Windows' market share in American business. The Europeans tend to be a more educated audience of investors and so many of their business managers (both in corporations and in government) have decided to be better fiduciaries of shareholder dollars than their American counterparts.

    While I personally love Windows XP, and have not upgraded to Vista for several reasons, I do believe I paid way too much for it. Well, I could have paid too much for it - all the copies I have came from the MS company store at a steep discount. Anyway, suffice it to say htat seeing Windows on every desktop in almost an business is the equivalent of driving by a construction site and seeing the bricklayers carrying gold-plated and diamond studded trowels. An obvious waste of shareholder dollars.

    --Doug Hettinger
    dhettinger
    • You're hillarious dude!

      "The Europeans tend to be a more educated audience of investors and so many of their business managers (both in corporations and in government) have decided to be better fiduciaries of shareholder dollars than their American counterparts."

      That is why European businesses are doing so much better the their U.S. counterparts. Not!!!!
      ShadeTree
      • They Are Not Better or Bigger, But Generally More Cautious...

        ...of the impact of large corporations on their society. I am not asserting that the business model in Europe is better than the American model, just that they, without a doubt, scrutinize the actions of executives and managers a great deal more than their American counterparts. American businesses enjoy better access to capital as well as less regulation. So there are cases for both sides. But for purposes of illustrating the hideous overvaluation of the MS products, the reference to European business is relevant.

        How is the weather in Seattle today? We've been getting tons of rain here in Dallas - seems like a month in Redmond with the 11 inches of rainfall.

        Get some sunshine ShadeTree, you will be far less critical of others' ideas and maybe you will begin having some thoughts of your own. Living your life as someone else's lackey must be pretty miserable.

        --Doug Hettinger
        dhettinger
        • Whenever you don't have a message ....

          ... just imply the poster works for Microsoft. I mean it doesn't make sense that someone other then Microsoft would like Windows. Grow up! I work for a PC OEM and not Microsoft. Your implication that European business are better educated is complete nonsense. Microsoft licenses are worth what people are willing to pay for them. The majority of European businesses are using Microsoft products. Just because Linux is free does not make it a suitable substitute for Windows or Office. You might want to hide some of your ideas if they are as misguided as your post was.
          ShadeTree
  • The lack of Vista Ultimate add-ons! WHO KNEW?! DOH!

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    Who knew that it was the lack of Vista Ultimate add-ons that has the people so up in arms?! Thank goodness that the smart management up in Redmond recognized the problem and quickly moved to resolve it. Without their decisiveness, Windows Vista could have been branded a failure. People might have unfairly and unjustly started referring to Windows Vista as "Windows ME2" or worse. Microsoft might have had to start a PR campaign like "Proceed With Confidence" and claiming "Vista is ready today" when there was something very important missing: The Vista Ultimate add-ons.

    Disaster averted.
    TechExec2
  • "your requests for an update have been answered.

    HUH?!?

    "they [i]plan[/i] to deliver pending DreamScene and Language Pack Extras [i]by summer?s end,[/i] and [i]expect to disclose a schedule [/i] of further Extras releases [i]after that milestone,? [/i]blogged Vista Product Manager Nick White.

    Who on earth says that's an answer that anyone has been looking for? Months after purchasing the high end OS with a promise of bells and whistles we are getting plans and expectations that ONE extra (I'm not counting the [b]language pack[/b] for crying out loud) should happen in another month or two?!?

    And as for what else one gets for that bargain:
    "No word on what the ?further Extras? might include. So don?t bother asking?."

    I think you are right - MS really did give an answer to the suckers who bought into Vista alright.
    Busay
  • These are the Ultimate Extras

    This is a load of cr@p. I bought Ultimate for the promise of the extras and now their updates are "language packs" (I bought the English version of Vista--if I wanted the German version, I would have bought that version) and Dreamscene which Microsoft themselves have said will be in an eternal beta because of issues with languages that read from right to left.

    From my standpoint, there is STILL nothing new... at least they could say "your welcome" for my extra "donation".
    riveroad
  • Weasel words

    Mary JF,

    We see that a little media pressure has resulted in a statement from M$ concerning the missing extras. Thanks for that push in the right direction.

    My comments on the weasel words of the announcement:

    "We want to let our Windows Vista Ultimate customers know ..."

    I don't believe you - you are only responding to media pressure and the possibility of legal action.

    " ... that we are actively working to deliver the remaining Extras ..."

    I don't believe you: - you are not actively working - you have disbanded the team and it is probably not reconstituted yet.

    " ... that we identified in January."

    Which year was that?

    "Our goal is to provide the highest-quality, most secure and reliable offerings, ... "

    You are failing dismally on all three fronts.

    " ... and as a result we are continuing our work on these offerings."

    I do not believe you - the announcement is the result of media pressure and not quality control on M$ part.

    "We apologize for taking so long to provide a status update to customers."

    Your apology is NOT accepted because you continue to insult my intelligence. Try, say "we diverted the team to higher revenue earning activities but we will generate extra extras by way of compensation"

    May I make a request please Mary? Or rather expand upon a request I've posted in your colleagues' headlines for VISTA. Please will you wage a media campaign (all respected blogs and PC media magazines worldwide) until M$ understands:

    - what an OS does (manages resources efficiently and rapidly, NOT edits photographs with transparent effects consuming all resources)

    - the meaning of the word QUALITY (NOT comes in a swish box)

    - the meaning of the word RELIABILITY (when I buy a brand new machine from a tier 1 vendor the result of running a program is NOT "the NVIDIA driver has stopped responding - recovering" or "DISK 1 in RAID array 1 has failed - please back up your data as soon as possible")

    - the meaning of the word SECURITY (no, NOT asking me did I mean to do what I just asked for ... its stopping other people doing what I didn't ask for)

    I should be very grateful if you would be RELENTLESS.

    HAND
    jacksonjohn
    • Weasel words

      Is it not ironic that we are terribly concerned about the novelty add-ons ... but haven't made much play about THE MISSING NEW FILE SYSTEM? Of course the latter is hardly the domain of an operating system for a grown up PC (in Apple ad voice) ;-)
      jacksonjohn
  • "You get what you pay for"

    Microsoft changes the meaning of "you
    get what you pay for" to "you pay for
    what you get, but that doesn't
    necessarily mean you get it all". ("We
    reserve the right".... all rights, that
    is, and..... "We are not responsible"...
    for anything at all, that is)

    Still...... the public eats it up!

    Gooooooooooo....... Microsoft!
    Ole Man