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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RE[3]: Microsoft Tax
by lemur2 on Wed 16th Sep 2009 23:01 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Microsoft Tax"
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Well that new ARM processor would be good, except for the fact that it wont stand up to the Atom 330. Even then, its not a matter of technical capability, its familiarity. People are going to buy what they know. If Harry Homeowner can't find Internet Explorer on his new Ubuntu netbook, chances are, to him, it doesn't have internet.

However, when Ned Neighbour shows Harry Homeowner a website his new ARM Cortex A9 with Kubuntu bling, Harry will be a bit perplexed and ask ... "but how did you get internet with that thing when it doesn't have the blue e"?

Ned shows Harry the little firefox, and he tells Harry that his ARM Cortex A9 costs half the price, comes with all the software that Harry had to buy as extra, and the battery lasts twice as long per charge.

Harry says "Doh!". Harry buys his wife Wilma a Cortex A9 for her birthday, and she has infintely less trouble with it.

Harry's Windows 7 netbook gets a virus and everything goes wonky, and the store wants $200 to fix it. It was taking five minutes to boot anyway ... so Harry instead buys himself a new ARM netbook with Kubuntu, and gets Wilma to teach him how to use it.

Edited 2009-09-16 23:08 UTC

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