Netbooks are a win for Microsoft? Think again.
Feb 03, 2009, 22:02 (3 Talkback[s])
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"It's like what's been said before. You can't beat
free, as Robin Harris pointed out in his article. And he's right.
At the end of the day, no matter how much market share Microsoft
may take from everyone else, they still lose, and Freedom still
wins. In time, people will learn that free (as in both price and
freedom) is better than any of the closed source, restricted,
costly solutions offered by the proprietary vendors.
"And that's not to say that money can't be made from Open Source
software. Mindtouch software is a great example of that. They're
making a killing on a great product that's Open Source, while still
maintaining the freedom loved by so many in the FOSS world.
"So in the end, the netbook market is *NOT* a win for Microsoft.
In fact, they're losing their shirts in that market, much in the
same way Microsoft's gaming division is hemorrhaging money.
Microsoft only makes pennies on the dollar for every copy of
Windows they ship on netbooks. Yeah, they still make money, but
it's not at the same highway robbery rates they charge the OEMs for
copies shipped on desktop PC's. That lower cost means less
profits... if any at all, for them."