Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Apr 2007 18:20 UTC, submitted by flanque
Microsoft "It's amazing how many people who have Microsoft Windows everywhere look flummoxed when asked whether Windows is their "standard" for desktop computing. The reason they are thrown by this question is typically because they haven't thought about it that way before. In all likelihood, they never actually made a proactive decision to select Windows, in the sense of looking at alternatives and making a conscious objective choice. So how did they end up with it?"
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RE[6]: How did it happen?
by miles on Sat 28th Apr 2007 00:49 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: How did it happen?"
miles
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I'm sorry, but as an user of different OSes in the eighties/nineties, I have to say that they were far more user-friendly, less buggy and enabled people to work more effectively (less maintenance/better accessibility/more intuitive interfaces). Comparing them with Dos/Windows 3.1/Windows 95 and 98, they were "making possible" for a far broader audience - the same kind of people that still can't do much with Windows (and they weren't dumbed down, attracting a lively mix of nerds and normal peoples).

Now your second argument is price. PCs in the eighties/nineties were always far more expensive than other computers (except Apple, but I hope you might have heard that computing wasn't limited to these 2 at the time, even though your words express a blatant lack of any knowledge of these other systems) - a monochrome text-based PC was 3 to 10 times more expensive than other home computers.

The price of cheap (cheap like junk disposable PC that die in a few years) is still more expensive than these "alternative" systems in the late eighties/early nineties. Computer parts having dropped for *everybody*, you might understand that nowadays 300$ PCs would seem overpriced if the eighties main computing companies were still there.

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