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New Cringely on the XBox 360 future, Intel vs. Microsoft, etc.
[link|http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/pulpit20050721.html|July 21, 2005]:

A year from now, it will be interesting to see whether Microsoft does the obvious and tries to move some version of xBox technology onto business desktops. After a decade of messing around, thin client computing is almost inevitable for businesses. Not only are existing computers too darned hard to service, support, and keep virus-free, but all the new legal requirements for protecting and preserving corporate data (Sarbanes Oxley, HIPAA, GLBA, FERC and so many others) pretty much demand some central data repository.

The xBox 360 would fit nicely into this niche, sold as a stripped-down model without the optical drive. Imagine the adrenalin rush in that Redmond conference room: "Hey, we can save money by removing some of the game-playing components, then charge businesses MORE for an xBox that won't play games!" Of course, this would upset Intel and all the hardware OEMs, so Microsoft would let them sell Office xBox's, too, though with Microsoft still making most of the profit, again doing nothing for Intel. At that point the median desktop computer will sell for $300.

I'm sure Microsoft would love such a business model. One wonders how AMD and Intel are going to respond - as that does seem to be the natural evolution of office computing. It might be a good reason for them to push Linux harder.

New Intel already selling branded hardware
Instead of "Intel Inside", Intel will be the only name on the box. Once you make the CPU and the motherboard, all you need to do is drop it in a piece of injection-molded plastic and put your name on it and you've got a thin client.

MS may not like that, though. Once you commit to thin clients, you start wondering why you're paying for all that software. Boot from the network and do everything remotely. There are companies making systems that do this really well. MS isn't one of them.

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New move into the citrix space?
Thin clients are not new, bandwidth is now greater than years ago so visual applications are not as slow. MS has made a lot of money watching people place hooks into their OS then steamrolling their own product into the space. It also fits their susbscription based software model. We will see.
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     Cringely on the XBox 360 future, Intel vs. Microsoft, etc. - (Another Scott) - (2)
         Intel already selling branded hardware - (drewk)
         move into the citrix space? - (boxley)

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