Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Nov 2011 21:39 UTC
Windows The Windows 8 blog has a post about the improvements in Windows 8's installation process. "For Windows 8, our goal was to continue to improve reliability while also improving the installation experience and raw performance. Not only did we want it to be rock solid, but also faster and easier to use." Thankfully, the features us geeks like are still there.
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RE[8]: "us geeks?"
by westlake on Wed 23rd Nov 2011 23:16 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: "us geeks?""
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When IBM approached gates ... he actually recommended CP/M and actually gave IBM the guys contact details, his wife blew the deal with IBM and they came back to gates and the rest is History.

The truth is simpler and more mundane.

Microsoft promised to deliver a cheap, serviceable, 16 bit CP/M clone that would be ready in time for the scheduled launch of the new IBM PC.

$50 retail list vs $250 for CP/M 86.

Which shipped about six months or so later. It might as well have been five years.

The non-exclusive license would make the MS-DOS PC a viable commercial product before the cloning of the IBM PC-BIOS.

2. countries in which the poorest couple of billion people live spend precious resources funneling even more money to these characters, instead of having the chance to use software freely in all sense of the word free.

All the Windows eco-system gave these countries were de-facto hardware and software standards for the PC

For an emergent middle class entering a global market place that was a prescription for rapid growth.

The PC is - almost by definition - middle class. You work with words and numbers. You have decent housing, light and power and communications.

In contrast, OLPC has distributed a bare 2 million laptops to grade school kids globally. 1.5 million to Latin America. Not the poorest of the poor.

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