Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 13th Dec 2010 23:11 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It's hard to predict the future because we humans prefer to think in terms of familiar paradigms. Even the most brilliant of our species are subject to this flaw. Now, Microsoft faces its turn. The owner of the operating system that likely runs your personal computer, the company that achieved monopoly with Windows and ducked the Department of Justice's scythe to keep it, faces a midlife crisis as the world goes gaga over portable consumer devices. This is the story of what's happening to Microsoft in the handheld operating system markets -- and how it parallels the earlier, similar journeys of IBM Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation. Can Microsoft achieve dominance on mobile devices?
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I thought the MSDN bundled licenses where intended for lab or otherwise 10 or less installs. I'm not sure that I'd want an auditor knocking on my door before verifying if my use of MSDN for production systems was within the license.

That's MSDN. If you're a Microsoft Registered Partner, you can purchase the Microsoft Action Pack and get internal use licenses for a lot of their software (including 10 or so Windows 7 licenses, SBS, Office, and other stuff you might typically need to run a small business). They've actually now broken the product into two different MAPS packages: one for IT shops, and one for developers (that pack includes licenses for some of their development tools). It's a decent deal for a small IT services company to set up and run on.

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