Linked by David Adams on Fri 22nd Oct 2010 16:36 UTC, submitted by Amy Bennett
Windows As of today, Microsoft won't allow manufacturers to install XP on new netbooks," says blogger Kevin Fogarty. "That doesn't mean corporate customers who special-order hardware with XP won't be able to get it, or even that its market share ( 60 percent!) will drop any time soon.... It just means XP has taken the first babystep toward obsolescence and the long (really long, considering its market share) slide down toward the pit of minor operating systems like the MacOS X (4.39 percent) , Java ME (.95 percent) and "Other" (which I think is an alternative spelling for "Linux" (.85 percent).
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RE: Stupid question
by Lennie on Fri 22nd Oct 2010 22:01 UTC in reply to "Stupid question"
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This is exactly one of the problems people support the ideas behind free software, when you don't have the source and rights to take the software you use to someone else whenever you need to, then you depend on their wimps and thus are helpless.

Microsoft maybe a really big company and a lot of companies think, they will stay in business for as long as we need this software. But they forgot they depend on what the management of this company (or others) want.

It doesn't even matter if you have half a million dollars, if they don't want what you want, they won't deliver.

One of many examples, Microsoft Office (Microsoft was the first that came to mind). In Israel they wanted a Hebrew version of Office and Microsoft said no. Market to small they say.

On the other side of the equation we have Ubuntu, available in 85 languages.

Edited 2010-10-22 22:16 UTC

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