What on earth would make DELL want to do something like that? Thousands of Linux users according to this Yahoo! News article. Apparently over 100,000 people claimed they wanted to see DELL sell Linux computers. They’re number one requested feature. What was feature two? Why to see them offer OpenOffice as an alternative to Microsoft Office. I’m not a business man but I think MS better start upping their game. When the lowly ranks of Open Source software start invading the homes of average consumers and even become the most requested feature in world dominated by Microsoft software I think you might want to come up with a better strategy. Just a thought anyway. My first real question is what is really driving this? I’m sure everyone who reads this is going to say the typical MS flame excuse. I don’t believe most of that. Is Windows poorly written. In a lot of cases yes I think it is. But programs like Word, Excel, or even Visual Studio in my opinion don’t fit that bill. Besides thats only a problem that people who work in computers would see. Your average consumer can’t look at Windows or programs and say “wow, thats a good example of bad code.” My theory is the price of the product. The same thing I believe has kept Apple a niche player for 20+ years. The cost of the new Microsoft OS, Vista, is outrageous. Does it cost that much to make an OS? I don’t know but if it does you should make money of the volume of sales not an astronomical price tag. Price meets demand, its the classic rule economics. If your product is pricey you can make a profit two ways. Tag it with a high price and sell a couple of copies. Or you can lower the price, take a small loss at first, but make a profit in the end through the sheer number sold. As an example for each the first method is method thats generally used in car sales. The second method is how they sale video games and video game systems. Microsoft is losing this game because they’re getting greedy. Period.
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