"By a strange coincidence Microsoft's dire warnings against
buying PCs without preinstalled operating systems (see MS: how PCs
shipped without Windows will destroy your life ) seem to have
vanished from microsoft.com on the very day that Microsoft argued
that it didn't have a monopoly of the OS market, and that "the
market position of Windows was created by... consumer demand, not
Microsoft's control of total output."
"Given Microsoft's apparent inability (of which more anon) to do
something simple like control the output of all 'naked PC' advisory
documents on the site, we very much doubt that there's a direct
relationship, but an apparent draft version still on the site at
time of writing* does have some unfortunate resonances in this
"As you'll recall from our previous piece, Microsoft published a
'naked PC' document on its site, urging its OEMs to protect users
from themselves by 'politely declining' to sell them machines
without operating systems preinstalled. Machines without operating
systems don't work, it pithily observed, and by buying them like
this users were laying themselves open to the perils of pirate
software, viruses and tech support hell."
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