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Fortune Magazine’s Peter Lewis has a scathing review of MSN TV 2 “non-computer” and after reading that, I realized, Microsoft is never going to make it in the consumer electronics space. They just can’t stop thinking that the whole world is a “computer.” The reason X-Box […]

Fortune Magazine’s Peter Lewis has a scathing review of MSN TV 2 “non-computer” and after reading that, I realized, Microsoft is never going to make it in the consumer electronics space. They just can’t stop thinking that the whole world is a “computer.” The reason X-Box works so well, no real Windows crap inside!

In 1628, King Gustavus II Adolphus of Sweden ordered the launch of the most powerful and technically advanced warship that had ever been built, the Vasa. Bands played, flags fluttered, and the entire city of Stockholm watched as the lavishly equipped Vasa glided into the harbor, set sail—and tipped over and sank. Some 50 souls were lost, but the captain swam ashore and crawled straight to a tavern. By those standards, the launching of Microsoft’s new MSN TV 2 Internet & Media Player is a grand success….. Anyone who has enjoyed a high-speed, always-on broadband connection to a PC or Mac will find the “please wait” messages, even on the broadband-enabled MSN TV 2 Player, to be as welcome as scurvy.

Needless to say, the review did not go too well, and MSN TV 2 will soon give way to MSN TV 3 and 4 and 5…

  1. I greatly enjoy the msntv-2 experience as a advanced senior. I have no interest in laptops& other computer options. The deuce does it for me. What I am concerned about is msft’s arrogance and condesending attitude concerning maintaining loyality to it’s committments. Steve Balmer needs to speakout about the plans for the msntv program and where it is heading. There is a growing contingent that would like the Internet Content on TV Concept to survive. I for one would definately purchase a new msntv-3 when available. Bring It On MSFT! gcr

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  2. I love msntv! It meets all of my computer needs. Keep it coming, msft. Cheers, bgates

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  3. Over the last 2 years I WAS repeat WAS part of BETA Group and them saying another test within 2 months well that lasted 1-1 1/2 years.

    There was a ALPHA also.

    I have talked to both ADOBE and MSN and basically they were saying as far as flash etc.is it is at it’s limits — Software=yes and hardware=no.

    Another word for screw the customer.

    Adobe refers to MSN-TV2 and MSN-TV2 refers to ADOBE. My guess is start saving for a computer.

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  4. I’m on msn tv 2 with DSL and have never seen the (please wait) you describe, maybe you just need a faster service.

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  5. where can i find an old web tv 2 all i have is a first webtv and i cant do much with it fot what i am paying each month thanks Tim

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