Microsoft exec: ‘Craplets’ could spell disaster for Windows Vista launch

“A senior Microsoft Corp. executive says the company is concerned that uncertified third-party software loaded onto new computers by manufacturers could hurt the launch of consumer versions of its Windows Vista operating system later this month,” Saleem Khan reports for CBC News.

Khan reports, “In a private discussion Tuesday night at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Microsoft official told CBC News Online, on condition of anonymity, that the world’s largest software maker is frustrated by legal shackles that prevent the company from restricting what kinds of software major computer makers install on new PCs.”

‘We can’t do anything about it because it would be illegal,’ the executive said in reference to restrictions placed on the company following a U.S. federal anti-trust lawsuit against the company,” Khan reports.

Khan reports, “The concern arises from third-party software that hardware makers commonly install on new computers in exchange for a fee, many of which have not been tested and certified by Microsoft to work with Vista, the executive said. They include things such as links to online services, and demo versions of programs. ‘We call them craplets,’ the official said. The term is a contraction of the words ‘crap’ and ‘applet.’ An applet is a small computer program or application.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apparently you can make crap even crappier by topping it with more crap.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Wealthy Industrialite” for the heads up.]

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50 Comments

  1. dude, think it through.

    that annoying nagware is how Dell et al make money.

    it’s how they can cut costs and still make some profit…

    asking them to remove it is like asking them to abandon their raison d’etre..

    I’m sure MS is thinking… “first bootup should be a religious experience.. “

    Instead its PORNBLOCK V7.003 INSTALL NOW!

  2. Microsoft needs to use apply a little spin to this news.

    “Vista, it’s craptacular!”
    “Vista, our shit doesn’t stink…that bad.”
    “Vista, our shit doesn’t stink…like other people’s.”
    “Vista, only our crap and no one else’s. Guaranteed.”
    “Vista, we know our shit.”
    “Vista, direct from our colon to your PC.”
    “Vista, the stench you expect from the people you know.”
    “Vista, the finest feces for the discriminating user.”
    “Vista, don’t trust other people crapping on your PC, we’re the experts.”
    ‘Vista, hey, it floats!”
    “Vista, why buy a few craplets when you can own the whole sewer?”
    “Vista, first potty, not third potty.”
    “Vista, your PC, our cesspool.”
    “Vista, preloaded with Hep-A vaccine.”

  3. Great MDN take…

    Hey, Apple puts a demo of Office 2004 on new Macs. You don’t see Apple calling it a “craplet” or having it cause the Mac to crash. Gee, I thought Microsoft was the expert in partnering…

    Besides, a “real” OS does not have to worry about badly written applications. The app might crash and burn, but the OS is secure. More proof that Windows Vista = Mac OS 9.

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