Give Your Teacher an Apple, But Buy Her XP
Microsoft, which booted Apple out of the education market years ago, is adding
a few spiffs
for the academically inclined. Schools with volume licenses
can get free software that helps automate assignments, new academic-specific
features such as bibliographies, and bundled software from educational providers.
Microsoft is also prepping the Shared Computer Toolkit for Windows XP to help
students share a single PC.
AMD Strikes Back
Microsoft is possibly the toughest company in the world on competitors,
but Intel may come in a close second. AMD was almost knocked off by the Santa
Clara-based chip giant, but made a killer comeback with an aggressive 64-bit
plan that reversed years of simply copying Intel. Now the feisty AMD is trying
to get even for years of perceived torment with a massive anti-trust
lawsuit. AMD claims Intel pressured, forced, bullied or otherwise coerced
computer makers into using its, and not AMD’s, processors.
Windows 2000 Tweaked
Windows 2000 users might want to avail themselves of the new Update
Rollup for Windows 2000 for SP4. The update “rolls up” all the
security fixes since the release of Service Pack 4. Be there or be hacked.
Viva La Windows!
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Mexican computer users will get a price break on their next PC—if it’s
equipped with the new
aimed at less-developed countries. The cheaper XP lacks
some networking features and can’t run as many apps.
Cheap is good. With Dell now selling some pretty nice $300 PCs, a cost of half
that much for Mexico sounds pretty enticing. Still, that could be two weeks’
salary south of the border.
Partners Rewarded -- For Crippling Competitors
This week Microsoft announced a boat load of partner
awards, and the criterion for many was stealing business away from Linux,
Unix and Novell. Hey, this is capitalism, isn’t it?
If you are a partner, be sure to check out our new pub, Redmond Channel Partner
magazine. Content will be posted online in a few days at http://rcpmag.com.
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while you're there.
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.