I have often seen that other OS on clients and servers slowing down. There doesn’t seem to be any reason for it although the system seems busy for no reason and useful work is just too far back in the queue.
Now, M$ is competing for mindshare on the web with all kinds of services, and those services are slowing down.
see Microsoft BPOS cloud outage burns Exchange converts
“Customers on BPOS in the US and worldwide were kicked off their hosted Exchange email systems, being unable to read, write, or access their messages. All users were affected â€“ from down in the cubicle farm all the way up to the CEO’s corner office. The outages started Tuesday and came after weeks of the service slowly degrading.”
Perhaps M$ should us a *NIX OS for its cloud. They might have fewer problems. Lately they have had problems with Hotmail, Update, WGdisA and now BPOS. The issue does not seem to be “network connectivity” which folks who hate thin clients harp on. The issue is that M$ cannot make its own software work for M$, let alone for the customers. Really, we would not mind M$ using GNU/Linux on its servers. They could even tweak it as long as they only used it in-house…