Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Oct 2009 17:51 UTC
Microsoft We all know that Microsoft doesn't actually make computers. It makes the software, and then lets an almost infinite amount of manufacturers build computers that can run its software. These manufacturers often make a mess of things, delivering computers filled to the brim with crapware. What would happen if Microsoft made computers? Well, for one, they would be void of crapware. Two, they would help users install the software they want before leaving the store - including software from competitors.
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rajan r
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In the infinite wisdom of the judiciary system, part of the antitrust settlement was the prohibition of any Microsoft rules or discounts for OEMs *not* to install third-party software.

The idea was that without this restriction, OEMs will install Netscape. Or, if they had a sense of humour, Opera.

They didn't. In fact, I don't think any OEM installs another browser other than Internet Explorer (companies like Mozilla Inc and Opera don't have the financial incentive to pay OEMs to do that, unlike crapware makers).

I dare say though a percentage of Apple sales can be attributed to how ghastly OEMs ship Windows-based PC... so yeah, it worked.

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