Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Tue 8th Sep 2009 21:21 UTC, submitted by wakeupneo
Microsoft According to a leak from a BestBuy employee, Microsoft is initiating a sort of "Anti-Linux Training" course for the employees, and those who take part in the said training are rewarded with a copy of Windows 7 for only ten dollars. The leaked screenshots of the campaign show Microsoft's comparison of its own system with an obscure "Linux" and how Windows is better in every way including security, "free downloads", and software and hardware compatibility.
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RE: In other news
by Jokel on Tue 8th Sep 2009 22:20 UTC in reply to "In other news"
Jokel
Member since:
2006-06-01

Hmmm...

Since when has Microsoft their own computer line and store?

Do not forget the Apple stores are a part of the total concept of Apple.

Do you really think this is only store Microsoft is "educating"? This is the only store -known- at this moment that has been "educated". Would you be surprised if this pattern would repeat worldwide?

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RE[2]: In other news
by drstorm on Tue 8th Sep 2009 23:18 in reply to "RE: In other news"
drstorm Member since:
2009-04-24

Would you be surprised if this pattern would repeat worldwide?

So what if it does? It's just marketing, people. Besides, although it's probably way overstated, I highly doubt that there is no truth to what they are saying.

If memory serves me, I said it before: FSF should focus on getting their Free software to be Good software instead of trying to get all the software to be Free. (I am not saying it's bad, I'm just saying that it could be better.)

Worrying about a marketing campaign is pointless. Focus on creativity and positive thinking and chill! Sheeesh!

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RE[3]: In other news
by Jokel on Wed 9th Sep 2009 06:23 in reply to "RE[2]: In other news"
Jokel Member since:
2006-06-01

Marketing is one thing...

Giving people at a shop a "training" to outright lie to the customer is another thing in my opinion. To make sure they "understand" what they have to do, those people are given a "present". Sounds like those people are being "bought" by Microsoft - doesn't it?

When pharmaceutic industries are pushing their medicine using your doctor by giving him presents in order to prohibit the us of another (and maybe better) medicine you would be upset. If Micosoft is pushing their product using the sales person at the shop by giving him presents to in order to prohibit the use of another (and maybe better) OS, you say "nah - just marketing".

I think it is essential to keep an eye in the big company's (not only Microsoft) to make sure they keep behaving a little. If Microsoft is using it's (very) big weight, his big financial resources and his monopoly (yes - bigger than 60% market share counts as a monopoly) to crush even a (said) tiny 1% opposition this is certainly worrying. If this company is buying store personal to outright lie to the consumer in order to reach the goal of eradicating even the tiniest opposition on the planet, alarm signs should start ringing..

At the other hand ... it could be I had not enough coffee this morning. That's another possibility. Thankfully that one is solvable.... ;-).

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RE[3]: In other news
by Ford Prefect on Wed 9th Sep 2009 08:00 in reply to "RE[2]: In other news"
Ford Prefect Member since:
2006-01-16

If memory serves me, I said it before: FSF should focus on getting their Free software to be Good software instead of trying to get all the software to be Free.


And how would that exactly help them to reach their goal? Their goal is not market penetration or world domination, their primary goal is just to get as many free software as possible. Any proprietary software doesn't help them, even if it's "theirs".

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RE[3]: In other news
by boldingd on Wed 9th Sep 2009 16:26 in reply to "RE[2]: In other news"
boldingd Member since:
2009-02-19

Did I miss the connection to the FSF? How exactly are they relevant to all this?

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RE[2]: In other news
by B12 Simon on Wed 9th Sep 2009 12:19 in reply to "RE: In other news"
B12 Simon Member since:
2006-11-08

Hmmm...

Since when has Microsoft their own computer line and store?

Do not forget the Apple stores are a part of the total concept of Apple.

Do you really think this is only store Microsoft is "educating"? This is the only store -known- at this moment that has been "educated". Would you be surprised if this pattern would repeat worldwide?


Microsoft stores are on their way.

http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2009/08/10/microsoft_store_scottsd...

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