Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Apr 2009 07:26 UTC
Windows Continuing the recently started trend at Microsoft to be a bit more aggressive towards the competition, Brandon LeBlanc wrote on the Windows Experience Weblog about why Windows is such a huge success on netbooks compared to Linux. Also, what is up with that story on AppleInsider about Microsoft offering Windows-7-to-XP downgrade rights? Is that really so special?
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Windows Netbook Failure
by matej on Wed 8th Apr 2009 18:18 UTC
matej
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2007-05-27

Windows on netbooks is a big failure:
1) Microsoft was forced to drop its margins by virtually giving away Windows for free. I wonder how Microsoft's shareholders will value this "success" if the netbook market gets bigger than it still is right now? ;-)
2) Microsoft was forced to keep Windows XP alive even whilst it did not wanted to.
3) Microsoft is optimizing Windows 7 for netbooks, even though it still is a relatively small market. In other words: Microsoft is *inventing* again!

Conclusion:
1) Microsoft is no monopolist anymore on the netbook market: no more monopolistic margins on sales, no more pushing of Windows upgrades to the users' throats, and inventions required!
2) Linux broke Microsoft's monopoly on the netbook market and quadrupled its market share compared to its traditional end user markets. == Linux won (yes, paste tense!) on the netbook market!

To be continued for the desktop and laptop markets...the end of a monopoly, the end of an empire, the beginning of the end for large anti-Linux FUD marketing budgets, the start of real and fierce competition ;-)

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