“The next two years will be crucial for software giant Microsoft. Under attack on numerous fronts, it could falter – or fight back to become even more dominant,” Tim Weber writes for BBC News.
“Welcome to Microsoft’s wireless ‘M.home,’ on a leafy street in London’s Ladbroke Grove. “‘This is not the home of the future,’ says Cynthia Crossley, who is in charge of Microsoft’s Windows operating system in the UK. ‘All the technology can be bought off-the-shelf and fits subtly into your home.’ Driven by Microsoft’s Media Center software, the showcase home lends credibility to the promise of Microsoft boss Bill Gates that in a few years’ time his company will deliver a ‘user-centric’ digital world,” Weber writes.
“Alas, the M.home is a far cry from real life: where few computers link up to hi-fi and television, where complex software, hardware and competing media formats drive users to despair, and where setting up wireless home networks is a black art,” Weber writes.
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Weber continues, “Security is another issue. Millions of computers running Microsoft’s Windows operating system are under constant virus attack and riddled with spyware. ‘Microsoft is in its most vulnerable moment in history, just like IBM in the 1990s, says George Colony, the chief executive of technology research firm Forrester.”
“The fate of ‘Longhorn’ is a case in point. The much-heralded successor to Windows XP is badly delayed and key components won’t be ready for launch. ‘We are working hard to get it on the market in 2006 and scale our ambitions to fit with that,’ Mr Gates admits. Thus users will have to wait until 2007 for Longhorn’s revolutionary filing system, designed to help find information buried in ever larger hard drives. Once ready it will be deployed as part of a Longhorn service pack, says Alistair Baker, boss of Microsoft UK. But Apple’s brand-new ‘OS X Tiger’ operating system offers this kind of functionality today,” Weber writes.
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