Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Apr 2007 18:59 UTC, submitted by danwarne
Windows Lots of Windows-related news today. Firstly, responding to customer demand, Dell has restarted selling new PCs with Windows XP installed on them. Secondly, Microsoft software will sell for just USD 3 in some parts of the world in an attempt to double the number of global PC users (probably not at all unrelated to this interesting figure). Lastly, Vista may only be three months old in the retail marketplace, but Microsoft is already seeking participants in the beta testing program for the next version of Windows Media Center, codenamed Fiji. Update: Microsoft denied the sales figures in China to News.com.
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Importing?
by bnolsen on Fri 20th Apr 2007 20:33 UTC
bnolsen
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2006-01-06

So now we'll get to see $3 copies of XP imported into the US?
Maybe we'll see a 1000% markup or something for the whole shebang.

Product dumping probably isnt' a good thing.

Edited 2007-04-20 20:34

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RE: Importing?
by tomcat on Fri 20th Apr 2007 21:40 in reply to "Importing?"
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2006-01-06

Product dumping probably isnt' a good thing.

They're not dumping. They're competing against free pirated copies in those same countries. Obviously, if the product is marginally more expensive than free, people may consider giving the real thing a shot.

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RE[2]: Importing?
by raver31 on Fri 20th Apr 2007 23:40 in reply to "RE: Importing?"
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2005-07-06

Of course it is product dumping.

XP is dead and Microsoft will not sell it after Jan2008, so why push a very cut down version onto the Chinese.

If it was not product dumping, the cut down version would be Vista Started Edition.

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RE[2]: Importing?
by Laurence on Sat 21st Apr 2007 10:57 in reply to "RE: Importing?"
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2007-03-26

They're not dumping. They're competing against free pirated copies in those same countries. Obviously, if the product is marginally more expensive than free, people may consider giving the real thing a shot.


If money's that tight why don't they use free / open source OSs? Plus the latest copy of a *nix distro is much more likely to run smoothly on cheap or old hardware than Vista (or even XP to a lesser degree)

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RE: Importing?
by Gone fishing on Sat 21st Apr 2007 07:23 in reply to "Importing?"
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2006-02-22

Quote:

"Product dumping probably isnt' a good thing."

I wonder what the WTO will make of this. Will the Europeans for example complain about this on behalf of Mandriva etc.

How will European and US citizens feel about subsidizing Chinese consumers?

Is there any action Novel and Redhat can take in US courts? As this is obviously just a way that MS is trying to use it's monopoly position to extend its monopoly into a new market

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RE[2]: Importing?
by stestagg on Sun 22nd Apr 2007 01:26 in reply to "RE: Importing?"
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2006-06-03

Given Microsoft's success in the US courts, I doubt anyone would bother to sue them over there. As far as Europe goes, I doubt anyone over here can justify the expense (bad press?) of trying to get the EC to attack MS again. MS are too big to be stopped by something as simple as an international world power.

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