Microsoft has released an operating system for businesses that turns old PCs into effective thin-client computers.
Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs is only offered to firms on Microsoft's Software Assurance licensing and maintenance programme.
The new OS improves the security and manageability of old PCs and allows them to run Windows XP from a remote server.
The OS can run security tools, management tools and document viewers locally, while running XP and other business applications from a server.
Microsoft also this week made its latest virtualisation software free to firms on Software Assurance contracts. Virtual PC 2007 for Windows Vista PCs and the Virtual PC 2004 SP product are now available to customers.
The software allows firms to run more than one copy of an OS on the same machine, to help cut their hardware costs. Windows Vista is currently in beta and will be available to volume license customers around November.
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