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PC Makers Move Closer to a Post-Windows World

Oct 29, 2008, 17:31 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jon Fortt)

"Today, evidence is mounting that Microsoft's dominance in computing isn't what it used to be. It's not just the Windows Vista flop and those damning commercials, either: Apple's Mac OS is gradually taking share from Windows; and HP and Dell, the world's largest PC makers, are investing in bigger homegrown software teams to do work they once left to Microsoft. Look at the high-growth computing markets for smartphones and low-cost mini-laptops, and the shift is even more striking; the most popular smartphones from Research in Motion and Apple of course don't run Windows, and more than 35% of today's mini-laptops run a non-Windows operating system.

"Consider the Linux-based version of the HP Mini 1000. The product itself is no threat to Windows; HP says it plans to price it just $20 below the Windows XP version, which isn’t nearly cheap enough to make it worth giving up compatibility with Windows programs. But more significant is the signal the product sends -- that HP doesn’t need Microsoft quite so much anymore."

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