Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 31st Jul 2009 12:13 UTC
Microsoft With Apple doing really, really well, and with Microsoft having its first sets of negative figures since the company's founding, Microsoft CEO points his arrows towards Cupertino. In a talk to members of the press and analyst community, Ballmer talked about Microsoft vs. Apple.
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Ballmer is on the right track.
by KingRocky on Fri 31st Jul 2009 15:05 UTC
KingRocky
Member since:
2009-07-30

If Steve can pull it off, it will represent a real challenge to Apple in the over-$1,000 price segment. Windows 7 is what Vista should have been in the first place. I've been trying it out and it is very impressive. Those Microsoft boys have been doing their homework on this one.

What Microsoft needs to do is put the foot down on the PC vendors and get them to stop making CRAP. A $299 PC is a throwaway computer, and everyone knows it. They should also disallow the PC companies from installing "crapware," trial software, and the like. When I start up a new HP laptop, I'm BOMBARDED by all the JUNK all over the desktop and little pop-up messages. When I start up a new Apple laptop, I'm presented with a clean desktop, ready for work.

If I were to purchase a new PC, my FIRST choice would be a ThinkPad. They are solid, reliable, rugged machines. They don't suffer from weak hinges, cracked plastic and bits of stuff falling off like other machines do. Combine that with Windows 7, and you've got a winner in my book.

Will I ever go back to Windows as my primary OS? Probably not, but I view competition as a GOOD thing.

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PlatformAgnostic Member since:
2006-01-02

Unfortunately doing such a thing by force may be impossible due to the antitrust scrutiny which Microsoft is under. Maybe PC manufacturers will start doing it on their own though.

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Unfortunately doing such a thing by force may be impossible due to the antitrust scrutiny which Microsoft is under.

Good thing, too, since it is not Microsoft's place to dictate what hardware their customers are allowed to sell.

One of the strengths of the PC world is that you can buy something on the cheap, knowing that you are not getting top quality, or spend more on hardware that puts Apple's to shame. It's called choice, and I not only like it, I make great use of it in my personal and professional lives. There is no "unfortunately" about Microsoft's hand being stayed on that count.

BTW, $199 PC's make great thin clients. And the ones I've used over the years have been pretty reliable. I don't want anyone taking that option away out of some twisted sense of competing with Apple by ruining the PC market.

Edited 2009-08-01 02:30 UTC

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