January 11th, 2007
This is an interesting article from CBC News:
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.
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.
"They could work fine, or they could cause huge problems," the Microsoft source said. "The problem is that we just don't know. And if someone buys a Vista PC and has a problem, they're going to blame Windows."
What most people don't know is that a clean install of Windows on a PC (pick a version, I'm not just taking about Vista here) has always been very robust and reliable. Most of what makes a PC shaky is installed after Windows. Drivers, software, demos and trials, poor security software ... the junk adds up. More and more OEMs are pre-loading new PCs with this junk so users never get to feel how good a fresh install of Windows feels.
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