Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 13th Jan 2013 14:48 UTC
Windows Tom Warren: "While Intel is trying to keep the Windows tree healthy, Microsoft is hoping that the leaves don't start to drop off before its own family of Surface devices are fully ready. Redmond isn't 'priming the pump' here, it's planting seeds for the future. If Microsoft is successful then it could be the world's biggest Windows OEM in just a few years. The future is Surface." You just have to look at the difference in build quality and supplied software between OEM devices and Surface even though Surface is cheaper to realise that the age of Windows OEMs is coming to an end. The writing's on the wall, and the OEMs know it: there's no future for them in Windows.
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RE[4]: Amusing, but naive
by orestes on Mon 14th Jan 2013 13:28 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Amusing, but naive"
orestes
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2005-07-06

Start by asking the State of Washington what it'd do to their economy. Then the rest of the world where MS operates. Then ask any IT person with a brain what having to deal with a potential platform migration would mean cost wise. Then, when you're done ask anyone old enough to remember the x86 computer world what a colossal pain in the ass "choice" can be.

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RE[5]: Amusing, but naive
by BushLin on Mon 14th Jan 2013 22:18 in reply to "RE[4]: Amusing, but naive"
BushLin Member since:
2011-01-26

... and of course the other problem, what platform would a business (with some bespoke applications, excel add-ins etc.) move to with any kind of confidence?

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RE[6]: Amusing, but naive
by Kivada on Tue 15th Jan 2013 04:30 in reply to "RE[5]: Amusing, but naive"
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2010-07-07

Adapt or die? Seriously, most people here want a free market, the only way to get that is for Microsoft to come crashing down.

Any software company worth it's salt would make their software OS agnostic, any company that can't justify the cost of updating their legacyware that requires Windows can just never connect it to the internet again and use it just as some companies still use ancient mainframe systems running ancient software just because they can't be bothered to do a port or rewrite.

As for Washington State's economy, they'll find a way to survive.

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