Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Nov 2012 21:36 UTC
Microsoft Bart Eppenauer, Microsoft's chief patent guy, in an interview with The Verge: "We believe our patent laws have served the country very well." Loosely translated, this reads: "This system that gives me my six-figure income and is a fine anti-competitive tool for my company have served me and my company well, the damage to the industry be damned."
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RE[3]: Comment by strim
by thegman on Thu 8th Nov 2012 09:59 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by strim"
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As I understand it, Vista sold better than XP, in a given timescale. It didn't bomb in terms of sales, just critically. Of course the PC market was much bigger then when XP was launched, and when you're an effective monopoly, it's easy to sell stuff regardless of whether it's any good or not.

It would be great if geeks could affect how everyday customers make their computer buying decisions, but we can't. It's mostly fashion driven now, and even if you could dissuade a user from getting Windows 8 or whatever, what is he going to get instead? GNU/Linux/GNOME may be fun for you, but it's not much fun for the average user. The Mac is an excellent alternative, but not everyone wants one, or wants to pay what it costs.

The Microsoft monopoly, like it or not, worked. It got rid of any viable competition. If you want people to consider alternatives, those alternatives need to exist, and for the typical user, they barely do. Only the Mac can really get the average user, but that relies on them wanting one, and wanting to pay for one.

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