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Microsoft's recent deal with Phoenix Technologies is aimed at "radical simplification to the PC and digital service industry" through enhancements to the Basic Input Output System (BIOS) -- the software that connects operating systems with hardware. Industry observers agreed that the next generation of BIOS could improve reliability, usability, manageability and security -- just as Microsoft and Phoenix claim it will. However, there are concerns that Microsoft is strengthening its grip on PC production and private information.
This step by Phoenix will probably ensure that people who build their own systems will order boards with an Award bios. I personally will never buy a computer with a Phoenix to Microsoft married bios.