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July 12, 2006

Microsoft’s Eiger arrives!

Posted by David Hunter at 12:52 PM ET.

Just last month I was grousing that yesterday’s end of support for Windows 98 would be the perfect time to roll out Microsoft’s planned Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs (codename Eiger), except that it had reportedly been delayed until later in the year. That delay seems to have vanished suddenly:

Microsoft Windows® Fundamentals for Legacy PCs is now available to Software Assurance customers. Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs extends the security and stability of Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 to legacy PCs and eases the transition to Windows Vista™ Enterprise.

This isn’t exactly a money maker, but more of a snappy answer to complaints from business users about the demise of Windows 98 although it clearly has limited applicability:

Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs is not a general-purpose operating system. It is designed to work with the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection client or third-party clients such as the Citrix ICA client. In addition, it allows for a limited number of workloads to be executed locally, including security software, management software, terminal emulation software, document viewers, and the .NET Framework.

Filed under Embedded, Fundamentals, General Business, Licensing, Microsoft, OS - Client, Obsolescence, Windows 98, XP Embedded

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