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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RE: Importing?
by tomcat on Fri 20th Apr 2007 21:40 UTC in reply to "Importing?"
tomcat
Member since:
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?"
raver31 Member since:
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?"
Laurence Member since:
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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