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Global IT Spending To Reach $1.48 Trillion In 2010

October 9, 2007

Global IT spending is projected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 6.3% to reach $1.48 trillion in 2010.

Broken down by segment, worldwide
software spending is expected to reach $327 billion in three years, reflecting a compound annual growth rate of 7.7%. The hardware market is projected to reach $562 billion by 2010, driven mainly by “robust” spending from the home business and consumer, communications, and government sectors. Specifically, more money spent on volume servers, peripherals, storage, and networking equipment worldwide.

Companies also are expected to increase spending on IT services at a compound annual growth rate of 5.8% to reach $587 billion at the end of the decade. Sectors expected to have the highest demand are government, banking, and discrete manufacturing.

The spending projections are contained in a study called Worldwide IT Spending, 2006-2010 Forecast Update by Vertical Market: North America, West Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World.

Waqas Ahmed


Here’s What Microsoft Could Do With Facebook

October 9, 2007

Microsoft‘s reportedly in talks to invest somewhere between $300 and $500 million for a stake in Facebook. Here’s what Microsoft could do with it.

  • Create Microsoft applications to run on Facebook’s F8 platform. Live Messenger for Facebook? Live Calendar for Facebook? The possibilities are endless, and Facebook apps for the most part are relatively simple. Microsoft’s Popfly mash-up tool already works with Facebook and Microsoft has a Facebook Developer Toolkit for Visual Studio.
  • Create interoperable ties between Facebook and Windows Live Spaces or even SharePoint. Open social networks may be the future, and Microsoft doesn’t seem to be getting much if any traction with Windows Live Spaces just yet. Why not give it a boost by opening Live Spaces users up to a huge group of people with whom to connect?
  • Secure Facebook as an advertising customer. Forever. Microsoft already has a deal to syndicate ads at Facebook through 2009. Turning Facebook into Facebo-soft should get the company some additional advertising perks, like locking in Facebook’s millions of users as advertising customers in perpetuity.
  • Keep a close eye on a potentially scrappy competitor. Facebook certainly is trendy these days, and Microsoft would clearly like a piece of that, whether the investment potential is real or not. I’m not saying Facebook is anything more than a competitive rounding error to Microsoft right now, but by moving some Redmond spies down to Facebook’s Palo Alto office, Microsoft will be better able to understand and dissect the Facebook phenomenon and stalk talent.
  • Sit on it and block other competitors. Yahoo offered Facebook $1 billion a while ago, and Google also is rumored to be a suitor. These are Microsoft’s real online competitors, and a Facebook investment could be a preemptive move by Microsoft just to keep its competitors grimy little hands off.

Anything else?

Waqas Ahmed

Microsoft’s Explorer Update Ditches Windows Genuine Advantage

October 9, 2007

Microsoft has released an updated version of Internet Explorer 7 that dispenses with a cumbersome security feature designed to ensure users are running the Web browser atop legitimate copies of the Windows operating system.

In a note posted Thursday on the Explorer development team blog, Microsoft programmers said the decision to drop Windows Genuine Advantage, as the security feature is known, from Explorer was made to promote the browser to a wider audience.

“We’re updating the IE 7 installation experience to make it available as broadly as possible to all Windows users,” said Explorer program manager Steve Reynolds in a
blog post.

Flaws in Windows Genuine Advantage have reportedly resulted in millions of Windows users erroneously being reported to Microsoft as software pirates. A Chinese student has gone so far as to
sue Microsoft over the issue.

The update, available as a download, also includes a number of other enhancements to Internet Explorer 7. The menu bar is now visible by default, the online help section has been enhanced, and a new tool is included to help IT administrators in large enterprises deploy the browser.

Microsoft is clearly hoping the update will boost adoption of IE 7, which debuted last year for Windows XP and was updated in January for Windows Vista. Despite the releases, Explorer’s market share has declined slightly over the past year as competition emerges from Firefox, Safari, Opera, and other alternative browsers.

Explorer’s market share fell from 81.3% of the market in October 2006 to 77.9% in September 2007, according to market watchers at Net Applications.

Waqas Ahmed

Microsoft Wants Red Hat Users To Pay

October 9, 2007

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said his company expects payment from computer users who run Red Hat Linux because the open source operating system violates Microsoft’s intellectual property rights.

“People use Red Hat, at least with respect to our intellectual property, in a sense have an obligation to eventually compensate us,” Ballmer said at a company event last week in London.

A video of Ballmer’s speech appeared this week on a Microsoft U.K. Web site.

Microsoft has long claimed that Linux and other open source software programs violate its patents. Last year, the company
struck a deal with Linux distributor Novell under which it indemnified Novell Linux users from any legal claims. In return, Microsoft gained the right to re-sell certificates for Novell’s SUSE Linux at a mark-up.

Last week, Ballmer implied that users of Linux distributions from vendors other than those with which it has patent deals — the list also includes Xandros and Linspire — could be hearing from Microsoft. “We’ve spent a lot of money licensing patents,” Ballmer said.

Ballmer said Microsoft would like to create “an intellectual property framework” that bridges the commercial software and open source worlds so that users know where they stand with regards to using certain software programs.

He may not get much cooperation from the open source community, however. Linux advocates insist that the open source OS does not step on Microsoft’s intellectual property and have publicly challenged the company to specify exactly which patents it believes have been violated.

Microsoft has thus far declined to do so.

Waqas Ahmed

WiMax launching : Pakistan ahead of USA and Europe!

August 17, 2007

It’s not every day or even every month that you can get a news item that a South Asian country is ahead of USA and Europe in something. If it is related to the field of technology then surely you would relish it more. So, naturally, the news that Pakistan is ahead of USA and UK in launching WiMax. WiMax is a super-fast wireless technology related to mobile phone and WiFi users. Motorola is providing Wateen Telecom 802.16e WiMAX solution for nationwide network deployment in Pakistan. This will ensure better service for mobile phone users as well broadband internet users.

Pakistan government and private companies are very aggressively pushing for development in the technology sector and that is why Pakistan is going to launch WiMax technology. Well, Motorola bosses have realized the potential market opportunities for WiMax in South Asia and that is why Motorola is joining hands with the Indian government for the setting up of a WiMax development center in Chennai in which Motorola will invest $100 million. I do not know why international tech companies are yet to realize the opportunity of Bangladesh in wireless network. Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world and WiMax will surely help a lot of people here.

Waqas Ahmed