Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Apr 2013 18:16 UTC
Microsoft "After years of domination, Microsoft is finally facing serious threats at the cores of its business, Office and Windows. Consumers and businesses alike are largely purchasing devices based on their capabilities and form factors rather than the software contained within. Windows is slowly becoming commoditized and Microsoft's traditional allies are looking at Android and Chrome OS as viable alternatives, a trend that threatens the Windows monopoly. Microsoft faces a tricky balancing act as it faces a future that's very different from its existing business." Good article by Tom Warren.
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RE[5]: Chrome OS?
by shotsman on Thu 11th Apr 2013 09:54 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Chrome OS?"
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now you even have Alienware selling Ubuntu based gaming rigs.

And exactly how do you see that as an advantage?
Unless they are using the LTS version. Otherwise, I'd look at some other distro especially given their recent performance wrt bugs and then there is that thing called (dis)Unity.

Many of my friends who were long time Ubuntu fans have deserted ship to Debian, Mint and even (say it quietly) CentOS.

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RE[6]: Chrome OS?
by bassbeast on Fri 12th Apr 2013 17:58 in reply to "RE[5]: Chrome OS?"
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Wow, I so rarely get to use this in a sentence...WHOOSH. Thanks.

You completely missed that point, the point was not even 5 years ago selling ANY system with anything other than Windows was the kiss of death, sure Dell had a handful but they were hidden on a back page with a half a dozen warnings like you were about to wander into the adult section of the video store.

Now I see Alienware actually promoting a non MSFT gaming rig, you have Chromebooks on the front pages of Tiger...this is unheard of shotsman, completely unheard of and something we haven't seen since IBM pulled out of selling OS/2 20 years ago.

This is why I'm saying I don't think MSFT has that long to change course as its obvious the OEMs are already trying options and you KNOW what that means...they are looking at exit strategies. that is really REALLY not good for MSFT as a company which is why I'll be shocked if Win 9 is as big a fail as i think that Ballmer doesn't get punted by the board, he is killing the company faster than anyone could have even predicted with his "Faux Apple" strategy. Ironic that every time I type his name spellcheck wants to put "embalmer" as that is what he is doing to Bill's company, he is killing the corp.

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RE[7]: Chrome OS?
by benali72 on Sat 13th Apr 2013 08:24 in reply to "RE[6]: Chrome OS?"
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Bassbeast has got it spot on. MSFT is in trouble because they're messing with their existing business & customer base.

As with Vista, they can pull out of this if Windows 9 re-establishes greater compatibility with the past (flick-on START menu, more normal-looking desktop for desktop users, etc). But if Win 9 continues to disappoint the user base, watch out MSFT. The new form factors are legitimizing alternative OS's, and if MSFT continues to mess with their base, they may fall quicker than one could imagine.

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