[LINK] Re: Windows XP versus Vista
stephen at melbpc.org.au
stephen at melbpc.org.au
Fri Jan 25 01:19:18 EST 2008
> Until the underlying causes of inequity are solved, Africa
> will have lots of problems.
Agreed, so we do what we can, where we can, while we can. In the
Philippines for example, most homes have electricity .. a villiage
generator, lights out at ten, or eco-friendly water-wheels in the myriad
fast flowing mountain streams, and in which case it's 24/7 for lights or
a computer or a television. Net-cafes and mobiles are literally everywhere.
This computer I'm using now, a 486sx and Win98, because it's comfortable
in this room, works fine. As does most computer hardware, way beyond
microsoft's timetable. Win XP won't run on this, but it will on the
hundreds of thousands of Phils school computers.
Come on Microsoft, give away XP to them. Even if you don't support it, a
re-install now and then on a virused school-student machine rarely looses
mission critical data. And in towns & villages all over the worlfd, it
would be hard to imagine a better incentive to buy/salvage those old
computers than a spanking fresh, shiney, legal copy of Windows XP.
Come on Microsoft, give XP to the world. You've finished with it, you
don't want it, you're going virtual ...
Microsoft Pushes Virtualization
Wendy Tanaka, 01.22.08, 12:01 AM ET
"Watch out, VMware. We're coming after your space!" is the underlying
message of Microsoft's new strategy for virtualization--software services
that help businesses reduce costs and improve business processes.
Microsoft on Monday planned to announce what it calls a companywide
strategy to accelerate broad adoption of virtualization by its customers.
As part of its new approach, the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant
unveiled a suite of services aimed at reducing the number of servers
businesses need to use, separating applications from operating systems,
reducing costs, and--thanks to trimmed energy use--lowering carbon
Industry experts say virtualization is the wave of the future in
enterprise computing. Sector leader VMware, of Palo Alto, Calif., shined a
light on the space last fall after its ultra-successful initial public
offering. Since then, other business-software makers have been rushing to
offer similar services.
Microsoft announced that it competed acquisition of Calista Technologies,
a San Jose, Calif.-based start-up that makes computer graphics for
virtualized computers, in addition to an expanded partnership with Citrix
Systems, a VMware competitor based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Microsoft and
Citrix will jointly market services that "virtualize" computers, operating
systems and applications.
Microsoft's shot across the bow at VMware is inevitable as companies
throughout the industry shift to Web-based services. "Microsoft needs to
get something into the market quickly," says Roger Kay, president of
technology research firm Endpoint Technologies Associate. "Windows Office
has 10 years to burn, but it will become less relevant."
He notes that virtualization could prove more profitable for Microsoft
than, say, search advertising, where it is a distant No. 3 to Google,
because the company already has a strong presence in the enterprise space.
Microsoft wouldn't disclose how much it paid for Calista, but Kay
speculates that the price tag was likely south of $100 million. He also
says Microsoft may be interested in acquiring Citrix.
"Citrix, on its own, has a small market share," Kay says. "VMware was
cleaning its clock." A Microsoft-Citrix combination could present
formidable competition to VMware, he suggests. Buying Citrix, however,
would be a significant deal: The company has a market capitalization of
(IBM first introduced virtualization for mainframe computers in the early
'60s, but analysts say enterprisewide advancements are more recent. A
fully virtualized enterprise is years away. Microsoft estimates that only
5% of businesses are using virtualization.)
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