Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Feb 2009 10:17 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer had some interesting things to say yesterday about which companies Microsoft sees as its competitors in the client operating system space. You'd think Apple was their number one competitor - and you'd be wrong. Microsoft sees two other competitors as their primary adversaries.
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Sure, cheap (or free) is tempting
by bousozoku on Wed 25th Feb 2009 16:20 UTC
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Here we go again. There are a few countries that cannot afford Microsoft's typical pricing and they have been getting Windows for the equivalent of US$3.00. Those who don't live in one of those countries and can't get that pricing are likely using a pirated version of Windows.

They don't have a desire to use Linux because the best games aren't available for Linux. For the same reason that many buyers have avoided Apple's machines, they're not going to Linux: they don't know anyone using Linux to get them their favourite software for free. The free software movement means little since they don't recognise any of the names.

Cheap is compelling but until cheap has its act together software-wise, it's not going to take the desktop (or the laptop). There is no application on Linux or *BSD that compels a majority of people to switch.

Add to that the fact that making adjustments from the GUI is not always intuitive and sometimes not possible, people aren't going to flee Windows. (Windows has quirks of course but people can deal with those quirks because someone else has encountered them already.)

Linux would be a great competitor if it worked smoothly and intuitively for more than those who know Linux.

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