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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lemur2
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2007-02-17

This is flawed thinking, Linux did not make big impacts in the netbook market being quickly replaced with windows XP, and still what it is about here?


http://blog.laptopmag.com/one-third-of-dell-inspiron-mini-9s-sold-r...

One third of a product's sales going to Linux in direct competition with Windows on the same machine ... even a year ago that would have been unheard of.

Microsoft gives XP Home to OEMs at almost-zero cost, and still it can't beat out a significant percentage of Linux sales on netbooks for any vendor who actually offers a choice.

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Yes, and you have to remember that is done off the back of no pre-existing installed base and a rather limited manner of getting third party applications installed and developed. Without those three things then it can all roll back down the hill fairly quickly.

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