posted by camo on Tue 12th Feb 2008 04:03
Conversations Having a good think last night about this very question. Apart from the obvious 'money spending answers', what would you change about their software (Windows especially), licensing issues, etc, and would you open source it?

Personally, the first thing I would do was to get rid of windows activation (grrrr..) and relax the license to allow for use on more than one computer, but only on computers that the licensed user owns (or maybe family owned computers), and only for non-commercial-use.

Would I open source Windows? Not at first, but I would open source Windows after seeing the pitchforks and torches of the shareholders as they break down my fence chanting <insert profanity here> as my last dying wish.
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Split it into Microsoft and Windows Inc.
by MollyC on Thu 14th Feb 2008 22:58 UTC
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Since Windows is the one and only legally declared "monopoly" product of Microsoft, I'd dump it by spinning the Windows division off into its own company, Windows Inc. Unencumbered by having any monopoly products, the Feds and EU get off my back and I can proceed as I please (at least as much as any other non-monopoly company would be able to).

Microsoft retains everything except Windows itself (i.e. Office, Xbox, Zune, MacBU, dev tools, server software), including .NET, which Microsoft would license to Windows Inc. and have the option of porting it to other OSes, if there is a valid business plan for such action.

As for Windows Inc itself, I'd base that company in Europe, give away a "core" version for free (it would have only a command line UI or a very simple GUI), and sell the frills as a plus pack (which would include Explorer, accessory apps, etc).

Shareholders would get shares in both Microsoft and Windows INC, of course.

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