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June 14, 2006

Whatever happened to “Eiger?”

Posted by David Hunter at 10:59 AM ET.

Yesterday, reminded us of “Eiger” now known as Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs. It’s based on Windows XP Embedded, available only to Microsoft System Assurance customers (i.e. business customers), and designed to be run on legacy PCs that don’t have the oomph to run Windows XP. The advantage is better security and maintainability which would be nice in view of the imminent, inglorious end of service of Windows 98. The unfortunate answer is that despite initial plans to ship Fundamentals in June 2006, it has been pushed back to later in the year. I wasn’t too enthusiastic about it before, but with Windows 98 left hanging with a large security flaw, Fundamentals is turning out to be very late to the party.

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

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2 Responses to “Whatever happened to “Eiger?””

  1. Gartner doubts Office 2007 upgrades -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Speaking at the Midsize Enterprise Summit in Paris on Wednesday, Gartner analyst Annette Jump said research done by the group showed that only about 2 percent of companies that weren’t signed up for Microsoft’s Software Assurance plan had adopted for the previous version of the productivity suite–Office 2003. Yikes, it’s in the noise level. The software assurance plan ties companies into automatic upgrades of new Microsoft software at a discounted rate. The plan was updated late last year after coming under fire for allegedly locking users into buying unnecessary Windows upgrades. And software assurance will in future provide exclusive, specialized operating system versions for businesses ([1], [2]). Jump added that few companies will be in a rush to deploy Office 2007 immediately, as many have only recently installed Office 2003. Although Office 2007 will run on Windows XP, most companies will probably look to have Vista installed before migrating to it. [...]

  2. Microsoft’s Eiger arrives! -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] 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 snappy answer to complaints from business users about the demise of Windows 98. Filed under OS – Client, Embedded, XP Embedded, General Business, Licensing, Fundamentals, Obsolescence, Windows 98, Microsoft   [Permalink] [...]

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