Microsoft recently announced that they will be creating a operating system for supercomputers. According to an AP report, Microsoft has a supercomputer initiative and wants to create an easy to use offering for small to mid-sized companies to use without having to be the most technically savvy. The product is called Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 and is supposed to be available within the first months of 2006.
I could see where this could be appealing to some companies that are light on UNIX administrators and technology staff. This will be interesting to watch since it is going go head-to-head with open source coding methods which appear to becoming to the forefront as the way to handle large coding efforts. There is definitely something to be said for usability. However, check out this report on the Benefits of Open Source. For additional information on supercomputing check out Supercomputing.org.