Linked by garyd on Wed 8th Jun 2011 21:26 UTC
Windows After the end of business on Monday I received the following in an email from Microsoft: "We appreciate your feedback and enthusiasm throughout the Windows Thin PC Community Technology Preview. Today, we are happy to announce that Windows Thin PC has been released to manufacturing (RTM), and will be available for our SA customers to download starting July 1, 2011." Anandtech published a brief but concise review of Windows Thin PC but here's a quick summary of my experience of this 32-bit only OS based on Windows Embedded Standard 7.
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RE[2]: late to the party
by somebody on Thu 9th Jun 2011 20:28 UTC in reply to "RE: late to the party"
somebody
Member since:
2005-07-07

Sure it won't cost anything, other than support, costs of retraining, rebuilding your entire user management structure, and the cost of all those 1Ghz machines, unless you are repurposing older 1Ghz machines, which by this time, are 10-12 years old, and so increased hardware costs.

Free is not always free.


support? i guess windows run without it. guess malware is just in our minds.

retraining what? unless you are dumb and intentionally promote wrong way. in all my cases where i moved some company... firefox/chrome here, firefox/chrome there. OO.o here, OO.o there. thunderbird here, thunderbird there. same custom software here and there. people didn't even notice or care. except problems being gone, there is no difference

rebuilding your entire user management structure? why would you do that? linux plays well with windows way, it is other side that is problematic. move can be really gradual, without pains and automated

cost of hardware????? windows will run on air to be cheaper?

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RE[3]: late to the party
by BluenoseJake on Thu 9th Jun 2011 21:18 in reply to "RE[2]: late to the party"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

I mean support for your users, you care about your users, right? The OP was talking about replacing WINDOWS, not IE or Office.

If you replace apps piecemeal, then sure, support costs are low, but to replace the entire software stack, well then yeah, you are going to incur training and support costs.

You would have to change your user management because if you were standardized on Windows, then you are probably using AD. You would have to switch to LDAP and some other bits to support your new OS.

Hardware is hardware, but if it ain't broke don't fix it, If your current system is running just fine, why replace it?

So yeah, that is pretty much what I meant.

Edited 2011-06-09 21:25 UTC

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RE[4]: late to the party
by TechGeek on Fri 10th Jun 2011 02:20 in reply to "RE[3]: late to the party"
TechGeek Member since:
2006-01-14

Last time I checked, RHEL and Fedora and pretty much any other distro could authenticate against AD out of the box. Lets face it, switching over is not that hard. eWeek did a recent survey. It used to be that the number one reason for switching was cost. Now the number one reason is to avoid vendor lock in. People are tired of being bent over a barrel when its time to upgrade because all their data is locked in some application.

As for the article, this is the first time I have seen Microsoft promote Windows CE as a desktop product. I didn't really think of thin clients as the same as in the same market as these though. These seem to be able to be self sufficient versus just a remote for terminal services or citrix.

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