Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Feb 2011 23:26 UTC
Windows Ever since the successful development and launch of Windows 7, Microsoft has become ever tighter-lipped about Windows development. Sure, it dropped the bomb about releasing Windows 8 for ARM, but that's it. Nothing on features or timetables (other than 'three years after Windows 7'). Well, the usually well-connected (inside Microsoft, that is) Mary-Jo Foley now claims to have a legit development roadmap - and it seems everything is on track for a Windows 8 beta in September 2011.
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RE: The Microsoft Tax?
by Karitku on Wed 23rd Feb 2011 12:57 UTC in reply to "The Microsoft Tax?"
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It's all true. Microsoft is forcing OEMs to build machines using blueprints that they provide. Microsoft also own those blueprints so they must redesign whole systems if they try to use other OS. They also force them to use only Windows Phone, in fact you need to buy certain amount Windows Phone licenses if you make both tablets and phones. I also know they sabotage certain drivers if OEMs don't follow guidances. Updates won't mystically install or devices won't, it all aims to make OEM look bad.

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