Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Sep 2009 18:01 UTC
Windows Microsoft has been very protective over its OEM pricing, and while various figures float around the web, the company has never really confirmed or denied any of them. At the Jefferies Annual Technology Conference, however, Charles Songhurst, general manager of Corporate Strategy, revealed some of the pricing details for OEMs.
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Microsoft Tax
by jasutton on Wed 16th Sep 2009 19:12 UTC
jasutton
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I'm sure we've all heard the OEM cost of Windows referred to as the "Microsoft Tax" but the statements of this guy really show that that's exactly what it is. The price of a piece of software (or a condition of allowing it to run) should not be dependent on what kind of hardware it will be running on. As it is with other goods (which software is; it's NOT a service unless it runs on someone else's hardware), I could see volume being a factor for determining price. But show me another good where the manufacturer will give you a break (or jack up the price) if you're using it for one purpose or another (other than charities/non-profits).

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