Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Jan 2010 23:52 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard today announced a three-year $250 million partnership to simplify IT environments through a wide range of converged hardware, software, and professional services solutions. This is a broad agreement with many components, building on the 25-year Microsoft-HP partnership, which works toward new models for application delivery, hardware architecture, and IT operations. The goal is to deliver the "next generation computing platform" by leading the adoption of cloud computing.
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RE: Wasted Money
by fithisux on Thu 14th Jan 2010 14:35 UTC in reply to "Wasted Money"
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I agree that they are wasted money. they should put their money on standardizing hardware interfaces, so as to help users overcome the driver problems and proprietary drivers. Drivers should be provided by OS or by third parties by using hardware in a standard manner, like USB, Bluetooth etc. We have enough technology to make devices present the OS with all the necessary information (independently from their construction). for example a USB printer should allow the generic driver to configure itself like

Say what protocol uses to communicate, what PDL is using and how many trays and what papers it provides without using vendor specific drivers. The same holds for GFX cards. This way MS can write on its own better crossplatform drivers for Windows/WinCE. Novell can do the same and more players can come into the OS market or market driver bundles. Cloud Computing sounds good but it has much lower priority and could be good to run inside corporates.

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