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Software via the Internet: Microsoft in ‘Cloud’ Computing

Polaris573

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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.

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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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Loading up from the internet might not be a bad thing.
 

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Loading up from the internet might not be a bad thing.
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.
Arent they selling Apple Safari for free over the internet to PC users:D:D