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1. Editor's Note: Now That Vista Is The Past, Let's Look At The Future
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- U.S. Phone Data Privacy Bill Gets A Final Push
3. Breaking News
- Don't Believe Carrier Ads On Cell Phone Quality, Customers Say
- Analyst: IBM To Employ 100,000 Workers In India By 2010
- Microsoft Seeks Partners To Combine Web Services, Telecom
- Cisco Continues Dominance With Overhaul To Its Most Popular Router
- Novell To Release Interoperability Technology For OpenOffice, Office 2007
- Laptop Sales Hot Enough To Make Up For Desktop Slump
- UBS Analyst Expects Strong Fourth Quarter From IBM
- As Vista Arrives, Questions Start Anew
- Intuit Seeks Bigger Piece Of Online Banking Through Digital Insight Purchase
- Want To Put A Price Tag On Web 2.0? Try $455 Million Of Venture Capital
- Inside Microsoft's Labs
- Opening Holiday Weeks Show Uptime Isn't Easy For Online Retailers
4. In Depth: Technology Patents
- Patent Test Under Supreme Court Scrutiny
- Microsoft, Novell Take Their Partnership To The Streets
- Apple Seeks Patent For Wireless Handheld Device
- Center Seeks To Overturn E-Learning Patent
- Supreme Court Appears To Favor Abolition Of Key Patent Standard
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- E-Voting: Feds Say One Wicked Programmer Could Bring Down Democracy
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- Customer Data Management: How Leaders Attain Tangible ROI
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1. Editor's Note: Now That Vista Is the Past, Let's Look At The Future
One of the best things about the launch of Windows Vistafinallyis that it clears the decks. Now we can look past it to the really interesting operating systems coming in the future, like Apple's version of Mac OS X that will natively run Windows XP applications. I swear I'm not making this up. But other people may be.
People like Robert X. Cringely, for one. The host of PBS's NerdTV and online columnist earlier this year published a run of weekly columns on the subject of Apple's operating system strategy post-Vista. So what does Cringely prognosticate for the Mac crowd?
1. Vista On Macs (Virtualized)
This is hardly big newsexcept for the "virtualized" part. Apple has been working with Microsoft to make sure that Vista runs well on Mac hardwarebut only in a dual-boot scenario. Apple has consistently claimed it has no interest in virtualizing Microsoft operating systems on Mac hardwaremost recently last week.
There would be big advantages for users here, says Cringely: Running Vista from a read-only partition on an OS X machine might be the safest, most stable way to use the operating system and could drive sales of Macs to corporations. If that sounds too strange, remember that Microsoft has already taken steps to profit from virtualizationthe Vista licenses allow only two versions of Vista, Business and Ultimate, to be run in a virtual machineand they retail for $299 and $399, respectively.
2. XP Apps On Macs Without XP
Cringely's speculations sound most like they've been herbally enhanced when he predicts that Leopard will run native Windows XP applications with no copy of XP installed on the machine at allno virtualization, no emulator software like Wine, but by implementing the Windows API directly in the operating system.
Like Microsoft is going to let that happen, right? But Cringely says it might have to. Back in 1997, he says, Apple and Microsoft did a deal for a Mac version of Microsoft Office that included a five-year patent cross-licensing agreement. XP was released in October 2001, before the agreement expired. "I'm told Apple has long had this running in the Cupertino labIntel Macs running OS X while mixing Apple and XP applications," he writes. "This is not a guess or a rumor, this something that has been demonstrated and observed by people who have since reported to me."
If there were millions of Macs running XP applications in 2008, I'm with Cringelythe only application software that would suddenly stop supporting XP would be ... Microsoft Office. And by 2008, that may not matter.
3. OS X On PCs
I like this one the best, because I've predicted it myself more than once, and I'm going to keep on predicting it until it comes true: Cringely says after Apple gets all its hardware to 64-bit Intel processors, it will "announce a product similar to Boot Camp to allow OS X to run on bog-standard 32-bit PC hardware, turning the Boot Camp relationship on its head and trying to sell $99 copies of OS X to 100 million or so Windows owners."
Would I like a version of OS X to install on my PC that will run all my Windows apps and free me from having to ever think about Vista again? Uh, let me think about it. OK, I've thought about it. Cash or credit card?
What do you think? Let me know by responding to my blog entry.
UBS Analyst Expects Strong Fourth Quarter From IBM
More services bookings, pent-up hardware demand driven by new products, and additional revenue from software acquisitions will combine to give the company a strong end to its fiscal year, analyst says.
Inside Microsoft's Labs
It's not every day that Microsoft Research opens up about technologies still in its labs. Here's a look at some things in the security pipeline, from a tool that helps find rootkits to a program that notifies of lost e-mails.
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Microsoft, Novell Take Their Partnership To The Streets
Customers are more interested in interoperability and virtualization than patent protection and intellectual property issues, despite the stir Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is creating in the open source community, says Novell.
E-Voting: Feds Say One Wicked Programmer Could Bring Down Democracy
In what The Washington Post calls "the most sweeping condemnation" of paperless electronic voting machines, researchers at a key federal agency say such systems can never be made secure enough. Among the reasons: Just one "clever, dishonest programmer" could rig an entire statewide election.
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Customer Data Management: How Leaders Attain Tangible ROI
Fueled by the need for more effective data analysis and decision support, more than 85% of survey respondents plan to invest in customer data management systems within 24 months, according to the Aberdeen Group. CDM, if implemented correctly, improves customer service levels, increases revenue, and boosts customer satisfaction and retention rates.
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