Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Feb 2009 10:17 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer had some interesting things to say yesterday about which companies Microsoft sees as its competitors in the client operating system space. You'd think Apple was their number one competitor - and you'd be wrong. Microsoft sees two other competitors as their primary adversaries.
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What competes?
by johnnysaucepn on Wed 25th Feb 2009 10:42 UTC
johnnysaucepn
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2006-08-22

MS only sees Linux as competition because they're fighting for the same hardware market.
If you want an Apple OS, you buy an Apple machine from Apple.
If you buy a PC however, you have the choice of what to put on it. Or at least, the hardware manufacturers have a choice as to whether they offer Windows on it, or one of the simpler Linux variants, which we already know has potential on netbooks.
Dell aren't going to stop making PCs (what else would they make?) but they are able to move to Linux if the market demands it.

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RE: What competes?
by shiva on Sun 1st Mar 2009 00:12 in reply to "What competes?"
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2007-01-24

This is the true reason why Apple cannot be the #2 competitor of MS and all the computer makers in all the countries.

IBM tried to recapture control of the PC market by introducing an advanced proprietary architecture, the IBM PS/2 computer and they failed. IBM-PC was a success because it was an open hardware made by many companies.

While Apple insists to sell its OS tied to a proprietary hardware it will never have chance to compete with Microsoft. Linux is open, runs in the same open architecture (PCs) and many other architectures, from MMU-less processors to supercomputers. And it is as solid as MacOS X because of the common Unix heritage.

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