Microsoft’s Connectix Deal

Connectix is a virtual machine software company, much like VMware. Microsoft acquired a part of their business which, according to Adds News.com, makes “software that lets a single computer perform like several independent computers running their own operating systems. It makes client software that permits Windows to run on a Macintosh, and server software that has yet to be released.” This is important because Microsoft will soon end support for Windows 95, 98 and NT4. Writes News.com:

The ability to consolidate Windows NT 4 servers is “a pretty powerful concept,” said Al Gillen, an analyst with IDC. “This scenario is that customers can run their NT 4 applications on modern hardware, and not be saddled with the support of older systems. Microsoft has for some time been talking about how Windows Server 2003 will be such a good platform for moving NT 4 customers. The fact that (Microsoft is) talking about that confirms that they are having a hard time moving these customers.”

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