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CNET/Yahoo!: Walmart.com ditches the OS in new PCs

Feb 22, 2002, 07:50 (89 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Greg Sandoval)
"In an unusual move for a general retailer, the Microtel computers are being offered without operating systems as part of a test to gauge the response among tech-oriented customers who may want to load their own operating systems, Walmart.com spokeswoman Cynthia Lin said.

But at least one analyst said that Wal-Mart Stores and its Internet unit are likely to find out that they should have stayed focused on serving their core customers, who are typically less tech-savvy and likely expect computers to come with the operating systems included.

"The techie types interested in tinkering with their computers are far more likely to buy computer parts from the 500 million far more geeky stores on the Web," said Steve Baker, a research analyst with NPD Techworld, a firm that tracks consumer behavior."

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