Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Oct 2012 12:14 UTC
Windows After yesterday's TV advertisement, Microsoft finally unveiled the pricing for its Surface tablet - the ARM Windows RT version that is. The cheapest Surface - 32GB without touch cover - will set you back $499. They're aiming straight for iPad pricing here, ignoring the popular cheaper Android offerings. Update: only available in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States. As usual.
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lucas_maximus
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2009-08-18

As for their desktops, consumers really have no choice but to buy a desktop with windows pre-installed. Because ms forces consumers to use windows (through their oem deals with hardware manufacturers) they are really doing a disservice to the public because there is millions of consumers who despise windows.


Citation needed*

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=FS-037-OP

(note the no OS option, and you save £91) ... Check your facts please.


Also nobody has a gun pointed at their head and forced to buy a Windows laptop. If you want an alternative there are options out there to buy a system that is made for your needs.

It is like me complaining in the UK most bicycles are sold by Halfords and claiming Halfords are a monopoly.

The fact is that bicycle in Halfords are good enough for what most people want to do (get to work and back and some exercise on weekends).

They don't cater for me who wishes to have an Italian Steel Frame, Italian components and matching coloured parts.

I am a niche market and I pay likewise for my niche cycling interests.

It is not different in the PC world. Either pay the companies that are interested in supporting you extra or follow the crowd.


Not only that, windows is used in many government institutions such as public schools, so taxpayers are indirectly paying for windows and microsoft services.


So? There are these things called budgets, people make a decision on how much that budget should be and what it should be used for.

If you wish to petition your case to your representative please do so, it isn't Microsoft's fault that someone chose to buy their products that was within their budget that was afforded to them.

Maybe you should question your elected representatives rather than ranting about it on OSNEWS.

Edited 2012-10-17 20:53 UTC

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