Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Sep 2009 18:01 UTC
Windows Microsoft has been very protective over its OEM pricing, and while various figures float around the web, the company has never really confirmed or denied any of them. At the Jefferies Annual Technology Conference, however, Charles Songhurst, general manager of Corporate Strategy, revealed some of the pricing details for OEMs.
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RE[2]: Microsoft Tax
by kryptonianjorel on Wed 16th Sep 2009 20:24 UTC in reply to "RE: Microsoft Tax"
kryptonianjorel
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2006-06-28

Well that new ARM processor would be good, except for the fact that it wont stand up to the Atom 330. Even then, its not a matter of technical capability, its familiarity. People are going to buy what they know. If Harry Homeowner can't find Internet Explorer on his new Ubuntu netbook, chances are, to him, it doesn't have internet.

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RE[3]: Microsoft Tax
by UltraZelda64 on Wed 16th Sep 2009 22:17 in reply to "RE[2]: Microsoft Tax"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

People are going to buy what they know. If Harry Homeowner can't find Internet Explorer on his new Ubuntu netbook, chances are, to him, it doesn't have internet.

I'm sure the advertising will make it clear that you can, in fact, get online. It'll probably say something along the lines of "Firefox for Web browsing." It'll likely have (*GASP!*) an instruction manual or quick-start guide. If Harry Homeowner is really that damn dumb, then hopefully he's smart enough to use a phone and dial tech support, surely he'll find his answer within a decent period of time and be happy.

I know people are idiotic when it comes to computers, but people like you who make a case about IE vs. alternative Web browsers make people look dumber than an old, weathered pile of bricks. In some cases it's true; if so, those people shouldn't even be *buying* a computer in the first place without at least learning the absolute basics. You don't learn to drive a car without also learning such basics as checking/refilling your tires and putting your gas in your tank, do you?

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RE[3]: Microsoft Tax
by lemur2 on Wed 16th Sep 2009 23:01 in reply to "RE[2]: Microsoft Tax"
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2007-02-17

Well that new ARM processor would be good, except for the fact that it wont stand up to the Atom 330. Even then, its not a matter of technical capability, its familiarity. People are going to buy what they know. If Harry Homeowner can't find Internet Explorer on his new Ubuntu netbook, chances are, to him, it doesn't have internet.


However, when Ned Neighbour shows Harry Homeowner a website his new ARM Cortex A9 with Kubuntu bling, Harry will be a bit perplexed and ask ... "but how did you get internet with that thing when it doesn't have the blue e"?

Ned shows Harry the little firefox, and he tells Harry that his ARM Cortex A9 costs half the price, comes with all the software that Harry had to buy as extra, and the battery lasts twice as long per charge.

Harry says "Doh!". Harry buys his wife Wilma a Cortex A9 for her birthday, and she has infintely less trouble with it.

Harry's Windows 7 netbook gets a virus and everything goes wonky, and the store wants $200 to fix it. It was taking five minutes to boot anyway ... so Harry instead buys himself a new ARM netbook with Kubuntu, and gets Wilma to teach him how to use it.

Edited 2009-09-16 23:08 UTC

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RE[4]: Microsoft Tax
by nt_jerkface on Wed 16th Sep 2009 23:57 in reply to "RE[3]: Microsoft Tax"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

However, when Ned Neighbour shows Harry Homeowner a website his new ARM Cortex A9 with Kubuntu bling


Where did Kubuntu come from? Canonical has been pushing Ubuntu for netbooks.

So this is closer to reality:

Ned goes to Best Buy and sees 2 netbooks, one with the new Windows and one with an OS that looks like it is from 1998. And brown.

Ned decides that saving $50 is not worth picking the computer with the unfamiliar interface, especially since it looks dated. Ned decides that he won't go to Chili's later as a way of saving that $50.

Slashdot and OSNews forum posters all come up with theories as to how M|$ is at fault.

Edited 2009-09-16 23:58 UTC

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