Microsoft seeks to breathe life into old PCs

By Justin Mann on July 14, 2006, 3:11 PM
A common bit of criticism that Microsoft often receives is the abandonment of old hardware as newer operating systems are rolled out. While fairly new hardware, a few years back or so, will typically work with the latest Windows releases, aging PCs are left behind. Software can be upgraded again and again, but hardware has much more rigid limits. Microsoft understands this, though, and as such has designed a way for people that don't want to use alternative OS'es to continue to use their aging PCs. Dubbed “Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs”, the software is available only to people under the Software Assurance license and is intended to convert old machines into thin clients:

The company first discussed the software last September as one of a series of perks intended to improve the value of Software Assurance, which had been criticized by some customers. Fundamentals for Legacy PCs was originally targeted for release last month.
As with all thin clients, very little is run locally, including security tools and document viewers. Production software is all run on remote servers, and supposedly will give a session that very much resembles Windows XP. There are other perks that come with this, and likely this is another way that Microsoft is using to ease people into distributed computing.

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pikaj00 said:
pfft.... pretty useless unless you own multiple computers. how about those who own a single aging machine who dont want to run as a thin client nor want to have another computer as the server or waste money on a brand new machine that can do the same things as the old one?have fun microsoft.... making even more people want to migrate to linux because of your silly ideas.
spike said:
it's only available to software assurance customers. Those customers will tend to have large networks. It's not really aimed at home users, but instead it's aimed at those who would find value in it.
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