Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Oct 2012 22:01 UTC
Microsoft Steve Ballmer's annual letter to shareholders makes it very clear Microsoft is at a point of no return - and in the middle of a transition into a hardware company. "This is a significant shift, both in what we do and how we see ourselves - as a devices and services company. It impacts how we run the company, how we develop new experiences, and how we take products to market for both consumers and businesses." Line. Sand.
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RE[2]: OEMs deserve to suffer
by boldingd on Wed 10th Oct 2012 21:06 UTC in reply to "RE: OEMs deserve to suffer"
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I don't think Microsoft will produce computers themselves but I could see them come down hard on their OEM partners - "here is the standard, either meet it or lose your OEM discounts". ... I think going forward OEM contracts will not easily be handed out and the bar set will be a lot higher than in the past.

I think you're exactly right. I think they're looking at the iOS/OS X and Android models, and they want to go more in that direction. And they can't do that if they're allowing OEMs to ship butchered, mutilated versions of the OS, which produce a sup-par user experience, and a different sub-par user experience per unique OEM at that.
They've wanted to take more configuration control away from OEMs for a long time, and I wouldn't be surprised if they start to become willing to take drastic steps to do it.

End of the day the biggest barrier has always been crappy OEM's who compete on price rather than quality - and it is amazing when I hear people on this forum whine that their $400 laptop performs horribly when compared to 'those over priced Mac's' that they whine about. There is a complete lack of connecting the dots by people here as to why their $400 laptop costs $400 or why crapware is installed in the first place or how pricing things cheap is no substitute for making a quality product. I'm using a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon and wouldn't give it up for anything else on the market - it is a quality product with a price tag that was reasonable. Lenovo made a nice profit off my purchase (which I see nothing wrong with) and I've got a great laptop that works like a charm - we both win and come out better off.

I don't think I've ever heard anyone do that on this forum. You're railing against a user who either doesn't exist at all, or is non-representative.

I also find "wise consumers should always spend up for expensive OEM systems" to be completely rediculous.

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