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[6]: Amusing, but naive
by Kivada on Tue 15th Jan 2013 04:30 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Amusing, but naive"
Kivada
Member since:
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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RE[7]: Amusing, but naive
by orestes on Tue 15th Jan 2013 13:56 in reply to "RE[6]: Amusing, but naive"
orestes Member since:
2005-07-06

Very few would make their software OS agnostic, aside from the ones who go web based, because there's very little if any profit in it. The IT world in general would just find a new vendor to standardize on and the lesser players would go right back to being completely ignored.

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RE[7]: Amusing, but naive
by zima on Sat 19th Jan 2013 15:13 in reply to "RE[6]: Amusing, but naive"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

most people here want a free market, the only way to get that is for Microsoft to come crashing down.
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some companies still use ancient mainframe systems running ancient software just because they can't be bothered to do a port or rewrite.

Speaking of mainframes and MS coming crashing down... just like IBM coming crashing down meant a new free PC market? (PC OS in particular)

We'll just find a new dominant player (looks like it might be Google) on which everybody will ~naturally standardise.

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