Users Check Out Windows and Office Alternatives
Microsoft rules the desktop, but its dominance will diminish. Yes, four out of five IT executives say Vista or its successors will dominate their companies' desktops; most others will probably stick with XP. But many say their companies will be using freeware and technologies from the One Laptop One Child (aka $100 laptop) project. Most would be willing to consider a radical alternative to conventional Windows PCs or Macintoshes. Expect to see companies investigate alternatives to "Wintel" and Apple PCs and software as part of their emerging technology scouting and experimentation.