Netbooks and price points
Posted Jan 17, 2012 1:08 UTC (Tue) by man_ls
In reply to: SFLC: Microsoft confirms UEFI fears, locks down ARM devices
Parent article: SFLC: Microsoft confirms UEFI fears, locks down ARM devices
I agree with most of your post, except for one detail.
Microsoft didn't 'manage to shift' anything.
In fact they did: they lowered the price of Windows XP to a point where it was no longer a big % of the machines' prices. It is true that offered a choice of Linux and (similarly priced) Windows people went with the latter. It is no less true that when the Windows machine was $100 more expensive, people went with Linux. This is not blaming Microsoft or anything; they did the smart thing and lowered their prices to match the demand.
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