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Beyond Windows Vista: Microsoft To Launch 'Vienna' In 2009

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Looking Beyond Vista To The Larger Operating System Landscape
2. Today's Top Story
    - Beyond Windows Vista: Microsoft To Launch 'Vienna' In 2009
    Related stories:
    - How To Run Windows And Linux On A Single System
    - Can Vista Make The Big Screen?
3. Breaking News
    - After Boom Years, Wireless Industry Faces Slowing Growth
    - Microsoft Preps Cognitive Radio Prototype For Use With TV Spectrum
    - Report: FBI Loses 3 To 4 Laptops Every Month
    - Strike Shuts Down Outsourcing In India
    - Credit Suisse Outsources To BT In Deal Worth $1.1 Billion
    - HP's First Smart Phone Features Voice Commands
    - Workplace Redux: IBM Chases The Corporate Desktop
    - Demo To Production, Intel's 80-Core Chip Faces Hurdles
    - Penn State Researchers Develop Worm-Stopping Technology
    - The Mobile Internet Won't Grow Without Effective—And Profitable—Search
    - IBM Expands Virtual Machines On The Mainframe
    - Review: Sony Optical Drive Delivers
4. The Latest Windows Blog Posts
    - Microsoft Targets The Enterprise With Windows Mobile 6
    - Host Of New WinMo6 Devices Unleashed
    - Windows Expert Claims Method Of Cut-Rate Vista Installs
5. White Papers
    - DNS/DHCP: Why Users Prefer Appliances
6. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
7. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery." -- Harold Wilson


1. Editor's Note: Looking Beyond Vista To The Larger Operating System Landscape

In case you haven't yet done so, get thee to the article by longtime Dr. Dobb's Journal editor Mike Swaine on the future of operating systems. With his usual wit and technical acumen, Swaine dissects the current "identity crisis" that operating systems seem to be going through, pointing out that although—with the advent of subscription/service and hosted models—people have been predicting the end of the desktop operating system since 1999, that death has been greatly exaggerated.

(Although Swaine makes a brief nod toward Gartner's dramatic prediction last year that Vista would be the last Windows operating system, a news story that broke since his story was filed has a Microsoft senior executive detailing plans to deliver the follow-on to Vista in 2009. Which means it should show up in ... 2015?)

One of the more interesting predictions that Swaine makes is that it would be "shocking" if Linux doesn't steal a significant piece of the market from Microsoft—of course, which version of desktop Linux will prevail is still a major question.

And Swaine doesn't limit his analysis to desktop operating systems only. After all, one of the biggest operating system fights going on is in the cell phone and handheld device arena, which is seeing versions of Windows, Linux, and maybe even the Mac OS battling it out for dominance along with more established small operating systems such as Symbian.

And then there's the question of whether operating systems are perhaps becoming irrelevant or even unnecessary.

Have you been following the operating system arena? How do you think things are likely to play out over the next few years? Would you consider a move to Linux? Let us know by replying to the InformationWeek blog.

Alice LaPlante
Alice.laplante@gmail.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Beyond Windows Vista: Microsoft To Launch 'Vienna' In 2009
Microsoft may need to add features to Vienna or another future operating system that go beyond more efficient pointing and clicking—features such as standard support for touch-screen and voice-activated computing.

Related Stories:

How To Run Windows And Linux On A Single System
VMware virtualization software offers lots of functionality without high cost. Here's how to get it working.

Can Vista Make The Big Screen?
Windows Vista is ringing in a new era of graphics, productivity, and security capabilities—not to mention hardware requirements—but will the next generation of wide-screen displays be ready?


3. Breaking News

After Boom Years, Wireless Industry Faces Slowing Growth
ISuppli predicts global mobile phone subscriber growth will decelerate to 12.8% in 2007, down from average annual growth rates of 25% the past three years.

Microsoft Preps Cognitive Radio Prototype For Use With TV Spectrum
Dell, HP, Google, and others want the FCC to sign off on letting consumer devices utilize the "white space."

Report: FBI Loses 3 To 4 Laptops Every Month
Some of the recently lost or stolen computers contained "sensitive" information, but the extent of the damage from the losses is unknown.

Strike Shuts Down Outsourcing In India
Despite its importance in the U.S. economy, the region's tech industry isn't exempt from civil turmoil and complex socioeconomic issues.

Credit Suisse Outsources To BT In Deal Worth $1.1 Billion
The bank says the deal will let it access state-of-the-art telecom technologies faster and more cost effectively than it could through its in-house IT organization.

HP's First Smart Phone Features Voice Commands
The HP iPaq 500 includes voice-control features that eliminate the need for a stylus or miniature keyboard found in other smartphones or PDAs.

Workplace Redux: IBM Chases The Corporate Desktop
The company's Open Client Offering takes another swipe at the desktop dominance of Microsoft's Office suite.

Demo To Production, Intel's 80-Core Chip Faces Hurdles
The experimental chip can perform specific calculations, but it isn't yet capable of performing a wide variety of functions, analysts say.

Penn State Researchers Develop Worm-Stopping Technology
The new technology focuses on analyzing packet rate and frequency of connections, rather than signature or pattern identification.

The Mobile Internet Won't Grow Without Effective—And Profitable—Search
Look for lots of talk at this week's 3GSM World Conference about getting people to use mobile data services. Better search is a key piece.

IBM Expands Virtual Machines On The Mainframe
Marist College runs 600 Linux virtual machines for students on its z9 mainframe. Five years ago, it could run a dozen on its mainframe.

Review: Sony Optical Drive Delivers
Sony's new DRU-830A internal DVD/CD burner is based on the company's 12th generation of optical storage technology and supports both double- and dual-layer DVD formats.

All Our Latest News


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4. The Latest Windows Blog Posts
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Microsoft Targets The Enterprise With Windows Mobile 6
Microsoft finally unveiled its newest mobile operating system, Windows Mobile 6, at 3GSM in Barcelona. Details of the new operating system broke last week after a site in France broke its nondisclosure agreement with Microsoft.

Host Of New WinMo6 Devices Unleashed
As to be expected, the whirlwind that is 3GSM deposited more than a handful of new enterprise-class smartphones on the wireless world. Sure, there are a couple of non-Windows Mobile 6 devices, but the bulk of the handsets we saw from Spain use Microsoft's new darling operating system.

Windows Expert Claims Method Of Cut-Rate Vista Installs
Don't want to plunk down $250 for a full-price edition of Windows Vista Home Premium? A blog post by a Microsoft expert says maybe you don't have to.

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5. White Papers

DNS/DHCP: Why Users Prefer Appliances
Few organizations possess a sufficiently robust network-identity infrastructure to support the critical network DNS or DHCP services required to keep their networks running. In this report, IT and network managers responsible for DNS/DHCP services discuss the importance of DNS/DHCP appliances.


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