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 TMO Headlines - Updated October 22nd

Fri, 10:59 PM
Apple Pay Used to Buy $1M Aston Martin DB5 Luxury Car
Fri, 10:23 PM
Perpetrator of Friday's Internet Outage Comes Clean
Fri, 9:35 PM
macOS Sierra: Disable Auto-Logout if Sierra Enabled It
Fri, 6:26 PM
Apple Regent Street Opening Photo Gallery
Fri, 5:59 PM
Apple and IBM Partnership: Macs, iOS and Watson Are The Glue
Fri, 5:05 PM
Teens Steal $13,000 in iPhones from Natick Collection Apple Store
Fri, 1:41 PM
TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-21: iPhone 7 Fire, Microsoft Surface on the Rise
Fri, 11:22 AM
iPhone 7 Blamed for Car Fire
Fri, 9:00 AM
HYFY Pro 1-Year Plan: $25
Fri, 8:00 AM
King of the Hill Intro in Pixel Art
Thu, 8:19 PM
Eddy Cue Dampens Expectations for Original Apple TV Programming
Thu, 7:33 PM
Mad Max Available on Mac App Store and Steam
  • __________
  • Buy Stuff, Support TMO!
  • Podcast: Mac Geek Gab
  • Podcast: Apple Weekly Report
  • TMO on Twitter!