Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Oct 2012 12:14 UTC
Windows After yesterday's TV advertisement, Microsoft finally unveiled the pricing for its Surface tablet - the ARM Windows RT version that is. The cheapest Surface - 32GB without touch cover - will set you back $499. They're aiming straight for iPad pricing here, ignoring the popular cheaper Android offerings. Update: only available in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States. As usual.
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RE: Tipping point
by lucas_maximus on Tue 16th Oct 2012 20:11 UTC in reply to "Tipping point"
lucas_maximus
Member since:
2009-08-18

Microsoft sold 180 million licenses in its first 18 months, which was more than Windows XP in its first two years.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2011/apr/25/windows-7-lic...

Hardly a failure.

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RE[2]: Tipping point
by shotsman on Wed 17th Oct 2012 06:35 in reply to "RE: Tipping point"
shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

Statistics, statistics and <redacted> lies.

Remember that the PC market as a whole is several times larger when Win 7 came on the scenes than when XP did.
Please try to be sensible in your comparisons unlike the majority of hacks especially those who work for the once esteemed journal you quoted.

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RE[3]: Tipping point
by lucas_maximus on Wed 17th Oct 2012 08:22 in reply to "RE[2]: Tipping point"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

I appreciate that, but tbh when has selling 180 million units been a failure in business?

While Vista is many things it is not a failure ... it sales were simply not stellar.

Edited 2012-10-17 08:23 UTC

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RE[2]: Tipping point
by skpg on Wed 17th Oct 2012 08:52 in reply to "RE: Tipping point"
skpg Member since:
2012-09-21

Exactly ms doesn't really sell windows, they sell a license to use windows. That's how their monopoly rolls, the majority of ms profits comes from their oem deals selling licenses of windows and ms office.

All of this possible because of the copyright laws in software (the source of microsoft's monopoly). In other words ms is heavily dependent on the government's enforcement of ip law to obtain the majority of their profits.

Edited 2012-10-17 09:04 UTC

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