Microsoft Has a New Grid Friend

High-end computer maker SGI will offer Microsoft's Computer Cluster Server 2003 as part of its Grid computing line. Until now, SGI only offered Linux-based grid solutions. Despite years in the business, Microsoft is still fairly new to the high-performance computing space -- which means it's starting to get good at it. Find out how Microsoft plans to use high-performance computing and other techniques to help scientists save the world.

A Wise Way To Upgrade
Altiris just updated its Wise Installation Studio to help IT easily move users to Vista. Besides supporting Vista, the new rev works with Altiris' application virtualization technology. Similar in concept to Softricity, recently acquired by Microsoft, the Altiris Software Virtualization Solution packages applications in virtual wrappers so they don't affect the registry, dramatically reducing conflicts. Instead of just blindly going with the Redmond solution, you might want to give Altiris a look.

Laplink Eases End User Vista Moves
While Wise is aimed at IT, Laplink's new PCmover for Windows is designed to help end users migrate files, settings and applications to Vista. The new rev should be out Jan. 18.

New Mac Office Due
Macphiles, rejoice. You don't have to be stuck with Office 2003 or NeoOffice/J forever. Unfortunately, the new Mac suite will not use the ribbon interface. However, the new Mac Office will run on new Intel Macs and older PowerPC machines. Now, if we can just get a Linux port!

About the Author

Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.

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