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[3]: Microsoft Tax
by lemur2 on Wed 16th Sep 2009 23:01 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Microsoft Tax"
lemur2
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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"
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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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RE[5]: Microsoft Tax
by lemur2 on Thu 17th Sep 2009 00:38 in reply to "RE[4]: Microsoft Tax"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

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.


Ned has already got Kubuntu, remember? He was the one who showed it to Harry HomeOwner.

Ned was just about to do as you say, and spend the extra $50 on the Windows 7 netbook, but luckily as he was just about to walk out the store he ran into his geeky friend Garry. Garry geek told him that watch out! that netbook you are about to buy doesn't include any actual applications, its just a shell. It will cost you as much again to get software for it, it isn't just a matter of $50 bucks at all. Garry said that in the little store down the road Ned could get the Cortex A9 with nice Kubuntu bling (not the horrible brown) for $50 bucks less but all software included!

Garry told Ned not to worry about the interface, it was all just clicking on menus and icons exactly like he was used to ... although Ned would have to get used to the new names for things, but what they did was actually listed right there on the menu so it wasn't hard.

Evil Eric, the store owner, wanted to kick geeky Garry out.

Edited 2009-09-17 00:41 UTC

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