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Kin, the phone that never was, advertised in a way which apparently showed teenagers exchanging explicit photos of themselves and 'promoting' sexting -- a social craze amongst teenagers where they share sexually provocative text and picture messages amongst one another.
This caused instant outrage, and landed Microsoft in hot water. Consumer Reports was particularly focused with their statement, by claiming the Kin advertisements "comes uncomfortably close to advocating sexting".
The advert was pulled shortly after the news hit the web.
Many have been greatly annoyed at the lack of compatibility across the different versions of Windows. With newer editions of the operating system, older applications break or simply do not run at all on later versions of Windows at all.
This continues to be a problem Microsoft is trying to solve. With Windows 7 came 'Windows XP Mode' to allow applications to run as if they were running on Windows XP without having to 'Bootcamp' in and out of different operating systems. Windows 8 is expected to have a 'Windows 7 Mode' which may indicate further broken backwards compatibility.
Windows Vista, compared to its stable predecessor and successor, Windows XP and Windows 7 respectively, caused a series of issues and bugs which drove many close to the edge. In one case, a patch which was not installed all but collapsed an entire university network in England.
I had better not say another word, considering the word 'Vista' still counjours up so much anger across the ZDNet community...