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Microsoft tries to breathe life into older PCs


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Posted 14 May 2005 - 11:00 PM

"Microsoft is developing a new version of Windows aimed at companies that want to better secure their older machines, the company confirmed Thursday. Code-named Eiger, the product is basically designed to turn older PCs into a thin client, which is a terminal that gets most of its information from a central server. Unlike traditional thin clients, though, a few programs can be run locally, including Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player and antivirus software>Published: May 12, 2005, 5:00 PM PDT By Ina Fried Staff Writer, CNET News.com "Microsoft is pitching the software at customers who can't or don't want to buy new PCs, but are concerned that their older computers are not secure and hard to manage. In many cases, upgrading those machines to standard Windows XP just isn't an attractive option, even if it is technically possible "If they wanted to run Windows XP, it really doesn't run very well; it might take 20 minutes to boot," said Barry Goffe... "Eiger is a solution we are building, designed specifically for these customers." ...the product is in the very early stages of product development, with the company this week offering a preview version to a few dozen early customers. ...To run Eiger, Microsoft is recommending a Pentium II processor and 128MB of memory; However the software will also run on machines with an older Pentium processor and as little as 64MB of memory."
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