Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 13th Jan 2013 14:48 UTC
Windows Tom Warren: "While Intel is trying to keep the Windows tree healthy, Microsoft is hoping that the leaves don't start to drop off before its own family of Surface devices are fully ready. Redmond isn't 'priming the pump' here, it's planting seeds for the future. If Microsoft is successful then it could be the world's biggest Windows OEM in just a few years. The future is Surface." You just have to look at the difference in build quality and supplied software between OEM devices and Surface even though Surface is cheaper to realise that the age of Windows OEMs is coming to an end. The writing's on the wall, and the OEMs know it: there's no future for them in Windows.
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RE: OEMs did it to themselves
by the_trapper on Sun 13th Jan 2013 16:16 UTC in reply to "OEMs did it to themselves"
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Will anyone feel sorry for the OEMs? Pretty much all of them are still or have been in the past guilty or making boring plastic machines pre-installed with crapware. Meanwhile they've all been building android tablets. And some like HP with webos have even threatened to completely replace Windows. And lets not forget the Chromebooks also eating into microsofts business.

Microsoft must be thinking with friends like these who need enemies!

Yeah, because Microsoft has always treated its OEMs so well.

Microsoft is hardly the victim here. Did you ever stop to wonder why these OEMs install crapware? It's because Microsoft's outrageous licensing fees for what should be a commodity are destroying their margins. These OEMs already have razor thin margins without having to add ludicrous software licensing fees on top of that.

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