Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Oct 2010 18:02 UTC, submitted by viator
Legal If you can't compete, litigate. This train of thought has been quite prevalent among major technology companies as of late, most notably by Apple and Microsoft, who both cannot compete with Android on merit, so they have to resort to patent lawsuits and FUD. Both Asustek and Acer have revealed that Microsoft plans to impose royalty fees upon the two Taiwanese hardware makers to prevent them from shipping Android and/or Chrome OS devices.
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RE[2]: how about
by lemur2 on Thu 28th Oct 2010 22:09 UTC in reply to "RE: how about"
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These manufacturers give two fingers to the US market and sell exclusivey to the rest of the world. Chopping off a significant portion of your target market for ideology is rarely a good business idea.

If this is so, why don't Microsoft write their applications to be easily portable, so that they could sell the exact same version of MS Office for Windows, Mac and Linux?

Doing that would expand the market into which Microsoft could sell Office, and it would also mean that Microsoft would not have to spend energy and money on lawyers trying to suppress other operating systems.

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