The Mac Observer

Skip navigational links

You're viewing an article in TMO's historic archive vault. Here, we've preserved the comments and how the site looked along with the article. Use this link to view the article on our current site:
Sony Charges to Remove Crapware from Vaios

Editorial - Sony Charges to Remove Crapware from Vaios

by , 2:25 PM EDT, March 21st, 2008

Sony is charging customers to remove trialware and other unwanted software from their new Vaio TZ notebook computers. It's hardly surprising that the MacBook Air is selling so well.

Others have dubbed it crapware. It's all that extra stuff that's installed on a new PC that no one wants. But the vendor receives a little bit of money that offsets the ultra-slim profit margins in the cut-throat PC industry. It just goes to show how much baggage the PC industry has acquired

Here's a screen shot from the CTO page for the VGN-TZ2000:


Last year, Dell announced that based on customer feedback, they would make the trialware a configuration option for the customer.

Sony, however, has decided to charge the customer US$50 to have it removed before shipment. The option is called "Fresh Start," trademarked no less. And to get that option, the user must spend an additional US$100 to upgrade from Windows Vista Home Premium to Vista Business. Total cost: $150.00.

Apple notebook computers are taking the world by storm, contributing to ever increasing market share for Apple, and daily make headline news as celebrities like Charlie Rose and Martha Stewart rave about their new MacBook Air.

One has to wonder what Sony is thinking. Perhaps they need some executives like Steve Jobs to bang some heads.

Recent Headlines - Updated September 16th

Tue,11:16 AM
Analyst: China iPhone 6 Delay is No Big Deal
10:07 AM
Connecticut AG Questions Apple Watch Privacy
9:11 AM
Apple: iPhone 6 NFC Just for Apple Pay
Mon,8:29 PM
Apple CEO Tim Cook on Privacy: Follow the Money
6:38 PM
Amazon Offers 16GB iPad Air for $427
6:08 PM
Apple Offers U2 Removal Tool for People Angry about Free Album
4:52 PM
Stanford, Duke University Start Apple HealthKit Patient Trials
3:29 PM
Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Is Today
2:15 PM
Knomad Portable Organizer for iPad mini Holds All Your Accessories
1:54 PM
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-15
11:39 AM
TMO Forum Poll: Which did You Pre-order, iPhone 6 or 6 Plus
11:02 AM
Analyst: Apple on Track to Top 10M iPhone 6 Launch Sales
  • __________
  • Buy Stuff, Support TMO!
  • Podcast: Mac Geek Gab
  • Podcast: Apple Weekly Report
  • TMO on Twitter!