Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 12th Apr 2007 00:49 UTC, submitted by Dan Warne
Windows Computer makers have been told they'll no longer be able to get Windows XP OEM by the end of this year, despite strong ongoing demand for the OS. Analysts and computer makers are wondering if the move is premature given Vista's ongoing performance and compatibility issues. Dell recently said it would reintroduce XP on a range of machines due to customer demand but Microsoft will only allow this until the end of the year.
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Alternatives
by Luminair on Thu 12th Apr 2007 07:22 UTC
Luminair
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2007-03-30

I wonder if MS will actually push people toward alternative software when they push them from XP to Vista.

I know I am hoping for all the emulation and virtualization folks (vmware, xensource, wine, cedega...) to steam toward a world with fewer borders between operating systems.

I can see the future now: OpenSolaris with a Linux Container running Cedega running DirectX 9 for Windows games!?

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RE: Alternatives
by Kroc on Thu 12th Apr 2007 08:19 in reply to "Alternatives"
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2005-11-10

Half of new Mac owners are Windows switchers. So the answer is yes, Microsoft are pushing people away from Windows onto alternatives. The real question is if businesses are taking the same leap onto things like Linux?

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RE[2]: Alternatives
by BluenoseJake on Thu 12th Apr 2007 13:00 in reply to "RE: Alternatives"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

half of 3% I bet MS is scared of that

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RE: Alternatives
by trenchsol on Thu 12th Apr 2007 16:10 in reply to "Alternatives"
trenchsol Member since:
2006-12-07

Maybe Microsoft does push some consumers to other platforms. If you can sell 100 products for 50$ each, it is going to take much less effort than selling 1000 products for 5$ each. If you have distinguishing brand, perhaps you can get away with it.

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