Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Nov 2008 00:11 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Windows Every now and then, an article pops up which argues that it would make sense for Microsoft to offer a free, ad-powered version of Windows. "We are all aware that Google is the king of online advertising. Microsoft has wanted to compete in that space forever, which is why giving away Windows 7 makes so much sense," Business Pundit argues, "Let's look at the numbers; Microsoft's operating systems are on 90% of the world's computers, or roughly one billion machines. That's penetration on a massive scale. Even Google has to be impressed." While these articles make some valid points, they rarely dive into the actual details.
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RE: How sustainable is this?
by lemur2 on Mon 24th Nov 2008 02:31 UTC in reply to "How sustainable is this?"
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Now how do you balance getting things as cheaply as possible with paying for products from 'good companies'? I don't know, but it is something to think about.

Commodity software companies write software once, then charge for it millions upon millions of times over, at huge profit margins per copy. This is a free market failure.

The economy as a whole is far better off without the millions and millions of repeated charges for the same piece of work being paid to just one software company.

The savings in the wider economy (gained say by using open and interoperable commodity software developed in collaboration) would be worth many, many times the lost value (to the economy) of one monopoly commodity software company. This is because users of software outnumber providers of software by many millions to one.

Most software written, BTW, is specialist software, with very few copies actually run. It is commodity software, rather than this specialist software, where there is a market failure at the moment, due to a single dominant monopoly supplier.

How sustainable is collaboration software development? As sustainable as any other intellectual development effort that is funded by the wider community directly, and not by the sale of products ... such as scientific research, for example. That has been funded by the wider community for a number of millenia now, so it has to be seen as somewhat proven by now, surely ...

Edited 2008-11-24 02:40 UTC

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