updated 05:50 pm EST, Thu January 11, 2007
"Craplets" and Vista
Microsoft is worried that unwanted software bundles could affect the success of Windows Vista, according to a senior Microsoft executive. The anonymous official says that many of the pre-installed third-party programs included with new Windows PCs which he calls "craplets" due to their small and often irritating nature, may be incompatible with Vista and could create unintentional ill will towards Microsoft through bugs or even a complete failure to run, according to Electronista. "If someone buys a Vista PC and has a problem, they're going to blame Windows," he said. Microsoft wants to control the initial experience with its own operating system but claims to be hampered by legal restrictions that prevent it from dictating the software third-party system builders can load on new PCs. Additionally, many Windows system vendors choose to pre-install third-party freeware or trial versions in exchange for pay, reducing the overall price of the system.