Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Nov 2012 15:17 UTC
Windows "As we pass the one month anniversary of the general availability of Windows 8, we are pleased to announce that to-date Microsoft has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses. Tami Reller shared this news with industry and financial analysts, investors and media today at the Credit Suisse 2012 Annual Technology Conference. Windows 8 is outpacing Windows 7 in terms of upgrades." Not bad, but there are the usual asterisks, as Ars notes.
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The source of Microsoft's monopoly.
by skpg on Thu 29th Nov 2012 06:32 UTC
skpg
Member since:
2012-09-21

Of course MS sold millions of licenses of Windows 8, due to the unjust copyright laws in software. If anyone thinks copyright is necessary they really need to read a history book and see how copyright (and patents) slows down technological growth. Nothing can be more evident in the PC desktop.

Microsoft is a monopoly because of copyright law.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Copyright is bloody important ... stop talking rubbish.

Software Patents which are bullshit are the problem.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Copyright is bloody important ... stop talking rubbish.

Software Patents which are bullshit are the problem.


Hmm. Personally, I believe copyrights are also a problem. You know how nowadays things can have copyright on them for hundreds of years, long after the original creator has deceased, and how fair use - rights are being stomped on ever harder and so on? Copyright should really be reworked to much, much shorter copyright terms and to distinguish between completed works and ongoing works like e.g. Linux is an ongoing work, whereas Elvis Presley's albums are completed works.

That said, copyright is not the issue on this particular topic and on that I agree with you.

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

For a completely different view on copyright, you should also have a look at other industries:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL2FOrx41N0

Anyway it depends on how copyrights are used.

How copyright is used for the Linux kernel or for books is usually fine.

How proprietary software vendors only sell you a license to use their software with lots and lots of exception and a right to retract that permission, I don't like so much.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

And GPL is a copyright license...

MS largely brought us inexpensive & powerful machines (suitable for nice *nix workstation), thankfully killed the mess with 80s micros. If anything, the scales of Wintel PCs brought tremendous rates of technological growth.

Microsoft is a monopoly because the market naturally gravitated to such state via economies of scale, and because other options were worse ( http://www.osnews.com/thread?522221 ).
Oh, and also because people like and pirate Windows on a big scale ( http://www.osnews.com/permalink?543832 )

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