Linked by David Adams on Fri 2nd Mar 2012 15:55 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Windows By all early reports, Windows 8 is going to be a good operating system. Microsoft's hegemony may be crumbling in a mobile computing onslaught, but its core empire remains undimmed. However, whereas Windows 7 had three versions, Windows 8 will apparently be ballooning to 9 versions.
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Alfman
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2011-01-28

ilovebeer,

"I'm not sure why you think there's $0 cost per unit and $1 for distribution and packaging. Running a business in the real world costs money, even after the cost of development has been recouped. Believe it or not, Windows pricing is not outrageous. They are not 'raping' their customers at point-of-sale."

He was talking about marginal costs, and as far as development goes he was right.

If it costs X to build (whatever that amount may be), then every dollar of revenue above X is pure profit with zero additional developer costs. Of course we're only talking about development costs and not sales or marketing, but the OP already explicitly said that.

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