3.0 ghz or equivalent processor
2.0 Core 2 Duo is equivalent in speed
256mb high end Video Card
1gb or more Ram Memory
80gb or larger Hard Drive
Vista will be offered in a Home and Professional version. Dell
INTEL & AMD WARS
Intel has decided to drop the big discounts that larger computer manufacturers were receiving on their Intel processors. Dell in particular, as the worlds largest PC manufacturer, has been affected resulting in price increases in their Intel based lines.
Dell has retaliated by introducing their first AMD processor models. Other manufacturers have supplied AMD based systems for some time to reduce the costs on entry-level machines. This decision has resulted in a drop in market share for Intel but presumably a better profit margin picture.
AMD has to its credit created some fairly competitive processors in recent years and experienced substantial growth in the home computer sector based on its popular Sempron, Athlon and Athlon 64 processors.
IBM PC is no more. IBM officially sold off its PC division to Lenovo, a
IBM has fallen a long way since the days of the original PC back in 1981. Once the behemoth on the block, they were overtaken by the likes of Dell, Compaq, HP and a plethora of inexpensive clone computers.
On the other hand Apple resisted the urge to open their architecture and has maintained a solid niche in specialized computer markets.
MICROSOFT WINDOWS SUPPORT
With the introduction of Windows Vista, Microsoft will drop support for all other products with the exception of Windows XP which will be maintained and sold for some time to come. Windows 95, 98, ME, NT and 2000 will become official orphans about that time. Windows XP’s lifespan will extend at least another 5 years, dependant and how quickly the world adopts Windows Vista.
As usual, we recommend caution in jumping to a new operation system. There are generally numerous bugs and software incompatibilities to work out in the first year. There is something to be said for avoiding the “Bleeding Edge of Technology”
FREE ACCOUNTING SOFTWARE
Microsoft is offering free trial copies of their new Microsoft Office Based Accounting Software. This is likely to bolster sagging Microsoft Office Sales. Many users, myself included, simply think that the 2000 version is as good as 2002, 2004, 2006, etc. Not all of us need every new feature someone can think of.