Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Oct 2009 17:51 UTC
Microsoft We all know that Microsoft doesn't actually make computers. It makes the software, and then lets an almost infinite amount of manufacturers build computers that can run its software. These manufacturers often make a mess of things, delivering computers filled to the brim with crapware. What would happen if Microsoft made computers? Well, for one, they would be void of crapware. Two, they would help users install the software they want before leaving the store - including software from competitors.
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What will happen....
by dindin on Thu 29th Oct 2009 18:07 UTC
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2006-03-29

What if Microsoft adopted Apple's strategy and either sold their own hardware or picked just one vendor to sell their software? Maybe everyone else will either go out of business or switch to Linux.

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RE: What will happen....
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 29th Oct 2009 18:11 in reply to "What will happen...."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

What if Microsoft adopted Apple's strategy and either sold their own hardware or picked just one vendor to sell their software? Maybe everyone else will either go out of business or switch to Linux.


Well, the EC would get a massive collective hard-on and dance naked through Brussels, singing "Daddy's gonna get that new Maserati!"

The DOJ would set up a massive legal case, only to get bored 4 years down the line.

Edited 2009-10-29 18:12 UTC

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RE: What will happen....
by haus on Thu 29th Oct 2009 18:17 in reply to "What will happen...."
haus Member since:
2009-08-18

"What if Microsoft adopted Apple's strategy and either sold their own hardware or picked just one vendor to sell their software?"

I know nobody here would like that idea as this site likes to perpetuate the notion that single vendor platform management somehow = evil but personally I feel that the benefits far outweigh any disadvantages which really are only fewer models to choose from.

Though I think its inevitable that Microsoft will eventually transition to this business model, it will start by offering both options... but that doesn't work. The advantages only come about if a single entity orchestrates the entire experience.

Edited 2009-10-29 18:17 UTC

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RE[2]: What will happen....
by sbenitezb on Thu 29th Oct 2009 19:05 in reply to "RE: What will happen...."
sbenitezb Member since:
2005-07-22

I'm hoping that day finally comes. So OEMs would be released from their ties to wintel and that will trigger innovation. But that won't happen, it's just a dream.

Edited 2009-10-29 19:05 UTC

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RE[2]: What will happen....
by BallmerKnowsBest on Fri 30th Oct 2009 01:52 in reply to "RE: What will happen...."
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2008-06-02

I know nobody here would like that idea as this site likes to perpetuate the notion that single vendor platform management somehow = evil


Not evil, just stupid.

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