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Software via the Internet: Microsoft in ‘Cloud’ Computing

Discussion in 'News' started by Polaris573, Sep 7, 2007.

  1. Polaris573

    Polaris573 Senior Moderator

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    This week, Microsoft plans to make available free software that more seamlessly connects Windows to services on the internet. This a major change in strategy for Microsoft, which normally sells packaged software. This new strategy is meant to shield Microsoft's hundreds of millions of customers from competitors like Google.

    The Windows Live service — which will be found at www.live.com — includes new versions of the company’s Hotmail and Messenger communications services as well as Internet storage components. Microsoft executives said there were roughly 300 million active users each on the Hotmail and Messenger services, with some overlap.

    The software release will offer PC users the option of downloading a set of the services with a single Unified Installer program, or as separate components. The individual services are Windows Live Photo Gallery, Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Messenger 8.5 and Windows Live OneCare Family Safety, a computer security program.

    Source: The New York Times
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    competition is good, thank you competition for persuading M$ to be a little more generous.
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    well ... how i see it its one step closer to having a computer with no software on it. when you boot it up, it loads ur OS from the internet ...

    pirates look out, argh!
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    Hope you meant that as a negative point?!
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    Loading up from the internet might not be a bad thing.
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    a) Speed
    b) Reliability
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    The only option I have at home is Dial-up. Could you image me having to load Vista over the phone every time I turned on my computer ?

    I would switch careers and go into basket weaving :D
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    Now everyone's on the free-shit bandwagon except Apple - who typically sells packaged software.
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    Arent they selling Apple Safari for free over the internet to PC users:D:D

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