Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 16th Dec 2007 00:02 UTC
In the News Apple and Linux are engaged in battle a battle to win over disgruntled Windows users. But who will win, and what will the consequences be for the loser? The most commonly held belief amongst Apple and Linux fanboys is that both factions are engaged in some kind of a war with Microsoft. The truth is that if you look at the market share figure for Windows, Mac and Linux, both Mac OS and all the Linux distros that have ever been released are dwarfed by Windows.
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Microsoft's strategy eludes me
by alucinor on Sun 16th Dec 2007 01:06 UTC
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2006-01-06

They got where they are by making a good enough product at a much lower price than the alternatives. Lock-in was not what brought MS to prominence; actually, it was by piggy-backing on the success of the open standard that is x86 and the personal computing revolution it fostered. Having their proprietary layer at a certain water-level above the open architecture allowed Windows to flourish over the more-proprietary UNIXes and Macintosh, C64, etc.

But now, they think lock-in is somehow going to allow them to flourish. They have no faith in themselves to continue being successful because of leadership. Too many gold-diggers found their way into that company -- light doth attract the moth, and in this case, it attracted too many people who can't see past today's dollar for tomorrow's healthy company. Money doesn't buy automatic success in the world of computing. Open source proves this.

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