Linked by fran on Tue 30th Nov 2010 10:38 UTC
Microsoft "Microsoft is one of the big stock-market success stories - or at least it used to be. The company has got thousands of people rich, through employee stock options or just through smart investing. But with stock under $30, the same place it was 10 years ago, what if Microsoft went private? That was the question posed this morning by Seattle Times columnist Brier Dudley. 'Sure, in the back of people's minds. We've thought about it,' Bill Koefoed, Microsoft's general manager of investor relations, told the Seattle Times."
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RE: Comment by fran
by shotsman on Tue 30th Nov 2010 18:22 UTC in reply to "Comment by fran"
shotsman
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2005-07-22

Your 6th point is almost upon us.
Putting Windows 7 ultimate on a netbook (yeah I know its silly but just think about it) and the OS cost (retail price not OEM virtual freebie price) is getting close to the cost of the hardware.
It won't take much more of a H/W price reduction or a MS Price increase to make them equal.

If you add in the cost of Office then the Software costs are far in excess that of the H/W. If MS was made to charge the proper retail price for the O/S I'm sure a lot more people would think long and hard about switching to another O/S especially if one was legally free.

However some people refuse to use Free Software because they think it has been stoled/pirate such is the sucess of the MS brainwashing campaign.

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