Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Aug 2012 11:15 UTC
Microsoft "'We have said think it over. Think twice', Wang is quoted as saying, 'It will create a huge negative impact for the ecosystem and other brands may take a negative reaction. It is not something you are good at so please think twice.' Wang went on to suggest that if Microsoft moves ahead with its tablet plans, the Taiwan-based Acer might replace the software giant as a partner. 'If Microsoft is going to do hardware business, what should we do? Should we still rely on Microsoft, or should we find other alternatives?', he is quoted as saying." Or, you could just build stuff that doesn't suck. Just a suggestion, Acer.
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RE[2]: Stunt
by zima on Sat 11th Aug 2012 03:36 UTC in reply to "RE: Stunt"
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> hmm... I dont remember a single company really having the cojones to stand up to Microsoft in the long run... Sounds merely as a marketing stunt to me.

Last time there was a really big effort by hardware manufacturers to shake the Microsoft shackles was when Asus released their early netbooks with a Linux OS.
They saw a way to produce dirt cheap computers with low cost hardware and zero cost OS, and they took it.
Microsoft countered by picking their WinXP master copy out of the trash and giving it to the netbook makers for virtually zero cost [...]
The netbooks quite underpowered, and even an old OS like XP didn't work that well for them.

The OS wasn't zero cost to Asus, Xandros was definately getting something out of it. And in return for a quite poor Linux variant, which definitely worked worse than XP.

But, somewhere in there, you nearly said that - yes - it was most likely again just another way to get better deals out of MS. That was what Asus saw.

This is also the reason we still have to support IE6 and IE7. Microsoft was forced to extend the lifespan of XP specifically because of this action. They were willing to make us all suffer IE6 for an extra three years, just to stop Linux making any inroads.

Nonsense. IE6 is virtually unused for quite some time by general population - which you would realize if you'd just look, once in a while, at general web browsing stats.

IE6 did hold out much longer in corporate settings who don't bother to upgrade, but that's separate from MS ...hell, Microsoft would probably love if corps upgraded earlier (instead of sitting on XP and its default browser for so long, many of them just now upgrading to 7)

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