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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backdoc
Member since:
2006-01-14

I think you've got a point.

I contribute Microsoft's losing my business to Microsoft. They ran me off by choosing to focus on things other than making computing more productive and less annoying. Instead, they make computing miserable by focusing on protecting themselves from piracy and vendor lock-in.

I've switched to Mac and Linux. I know longer boot into Windows on my personal machines (just work). I have no intentions of ever buying another Microsoft product again.

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BigDaddy Member since:
2006-08-10

I contribute Microsoft's losing my business to Microsoft. They ran me off by choosing to focus on things other than making computing more productive and less annoying. Instead, they make computing miserable by focusing on protecting themselves from piracy and vendor lock-in.


I couldn't have said it better myself. Hell, it's almost like you read my mind. Another thing I have noticed. I don't feel like I am being bombarded with advertisements all the time. When I used windows, I paid good money to have advertisements from any company that bought ad space in every program. Microsoft only cares about money, not about the people using their product.

I will admit I have a Microsoft comfort curve keyboard, I love it. I have another in the box still just in case this one ever breaks. It's a wonderful keyboard. I'll agree with you about not buying their software, but damn they make a good keyboard.

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gustl Member since:
2006-01-19

They also make a good mouse ;)

I bought a netbook last year, and made it very clear at the shop, that I wanted the Linux version, because it was both cheaper and better at the same time.

Then I told him, I also would buy a mouse. He asked me, which mouse, and was really surprised to hear me say "Microsoft".

I said: "If Microsoft only sells mice and keyboards, the world would be a much better place"

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B12 Simon Member since:
2006-11-08

I will admit I have a Microsoft comfort curve keyboard, I love it. I have another in the box still just in case this one ever breaks. It's a wonderful keyboard. I'll agree with you about not buying their software, but damn they make a good keyboard.


Credit where it's due MS do make very good input devices.

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sargek Member since:
2007-07-12

"I think you've got a point.

I contribute Microsoft's losing my business to Microsoft. They ran me off by choosing to focus on things other than making computing more productive and less annoying. Instead, they make computing miserable by focusing on protecting themselves from piracy and vendor lock-in.

I've switched to Mac and Linux. I know longer boot into Windows on my personal machines (just work). I have no intentions of ever buying another Microsoft product again."

Very good point. I believe the reason for this is Microsoft simply does not care about the consumer. Why should they - they have a huge market share and force (coerce?) hardware vendors to install Windows on all systems they sell so Windows has become ubiquitous, a commodity if you will. The latest run of products: Vista Office, clearly shows their sole motivation is profit and not customer satisfaction.

I too have abandoned them entirely except for gaming, where they rule the roost. I will never purchase another Microsoft product again regardless of the supposed benefits because I do not trust them, and they have no viable desktop products I trust my data to or actually enjoy using.

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ShadesFox Member since:
2006-10-01

I can't help but think that we aren't Microsoft's customers. It seems like the 'great masses of PC users' are considered by Microsoft to be the product that they sell to developers. "We have this great mass of people using our frameworks for you to sell your doodads and widgets."

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kryogenix Member since:
2008-01-06


I too have abandoned them entirely except for gaming, where they rule the roost. I will never purchase another Microsoft product again regardless of the supposed benefits because I do not trust them, and they have no viable desktop products I trust my data to or actually enjoy using.


I don't even run Windows on bare hardware anymore for gaming. Parallels on the mac has ok 3D support now. On a new bottom-end $999 Nvidia 9400M-based Macbook white I get 40fps playing IL-2 1946 at 1024x768 within Parallels. Only supports DX9 at present though.

Most of the games I'm interested in have ports to the mac but there's a few that don't. So I use Parallels. There is NOT ONE decent prop combat sim for the mac anymore.

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