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Microsoft Releases New OS for Old PCs

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  1. Blitzer

    Blitzer Cool Cat

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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20060713/tc_pcworld/126408

    James Niccolai, IDG News Service Thu Jul 13, 9:00 AM ET

    Microsoft released a new version of its operating system for businesses this week that extends the life of older PCs by effectively turning them into thin-client computers.

    Called Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs, the software is offered only to customers on Microsoft's Software Assurance licensing and maintenance program. It's not a full-featured OS, but it improves the security and manageability of PCs for customers with systems that are too old for
    Windows XP and who aren't ready yet to upgrade their hardware, Microsoft said.

    The company first discussed the software last September as one of a series of perks intended to improve the value of Software Assurance, which had been criticized by some customers. Fundamentals for Legacy PCs was originally targeted for release last month.
    Local Apps vs. Hosted Apps

    The OS can run only a few programs locally, such as security tools, management tools, and document viewers, which means line-of-business and productivity applications will need to be run remotely on a server.

    The trade-off is that the older PCs will be able to run the latest security and management tools, and the end user experience should be similar to that with Windows XP, according to Microsoft, making help desk calls easier to deal with. Customers will also have a fully-supported OS.

    Among the other sweeteners offered to Software Assurance customers was exclusive access to a new, enterprise edition of Windows Vista due out in November. The OS is expected to include a hardware-based encryption system to protect data if a laptop is lost or stolen, among other benefits.

    It also allows customers to run four versions of the enterprise OS on one PC using virtualization software. In line with that, Microsoft announced this week that Virtual PC 2007 for Windows Vista PCs, as well as the current Virtual PC 2004 SP product, are now available to customers for free.
     
  2. HVAC-TEK

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    Just a few thoughts......

    As a company, you have to purchase an operating system license for every computer you have. You must then purchase the server license for each of your servers.

    You know very well that Microsoft isn’t going to sell the license for this new thin OS, for too much less than it sells a XP license for. So you will pay 'almost' new car prices for a second hand product.

    Next realize if you have a lot of these things your server wont be able to handle all these new tasks, AND everything it normally does. This means your getting a new server, buying a server operating system, AND the connection licenses for every computer that needs to connect to it. Is this savings?

    Next think about this logically. Your business is running ancient computers. These are not on a modern high speed network. These are running on older legacy equipment. 10Mb and under. Hubs instead of switches. (Shudders)Thick net!?

    How well is this network equipment going to handle the added load of running the thin net traffic for each computer, in addition to the normal everyday traffic?

    I can see this working for a few computers on a mid sized network. But if were talking about only a few computers, then why even bother. Most companies have no problem replacing a few computers. They budget for service, repairs, and retiring old equipment.

    I don’t know....It seems to be like the 45GAP cartridge.

    Making a product that no one was asking for.
    Fixing a problem that doesn’t exist.

    Just my opinion

    K
     

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    Furant Millennium Member

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    This is the part that caught my eye. I currently use VMWare Workstation at work, but there are so many creative uses for virtual machines, that I'd love to be able to set a few up at home as well. I was looking over the Wikipedia comparison of virtual machines and Virtual PC seems to be a pretty good competitor to VMWare. Anyone have experience with both?

    Joey
     
  4. Tennessee Slim

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    Intel can’t be happy about this. They and Microsloth have always been joined at the hip, seemingly colluding to each create products that obsolete the other’s old stuff (fabricated obsolescence?), thereby perpetually increasing their sales. If this development extends the life cycle of old hardware, on the face of it, it would appear to break that cycle.
     
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    VMWare Server and Player are both free and better.
     
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    Its mostly because MS has stopped all support for Windows 98 as of July 11, 2006.

    this is the way they keep certain customers happy, while screwing the general population.


    although if you're still running Win98 today, you already screwed yourself :)