Originally Posted by Smallwheels
That ASUS box costs 270 Euros which translates to $365.00. That is above the Windoz low price threshold for their discount. I would still like to own one because it would do everything I needed at home.
When I typed "I would still like to own one..." I meant that I would like to own the computer and run GNU/Linux. I would not ever run Windoz.
Originally Posted by WS11
The Microsoft Store has the 32GB model of the Dell tablet listed for $229 USD.
The ASUS could likely seem some price variations depending on the model and specs. Not to mention the European price doesn't always translate into the US pricing.
If this is so then Microsux really doesn't care about profit at their stores. The $229 price is what Dell charges for the Android version on their site.
This would also give manufacturers another reason to dislike Microsux because they are undercutting them.
What is the real cost of buying brand recognition and market share? Google gave away Android hoping it would earn money from mobile device users clicking ads on Google's search engine. Some ads do cost a lot and could make up for the price of the work that went into Android. When mortgage rate ads cost $25 per click or more that could add up fast.
They sell Chrome OS and support it for probably the same reasons. It is easy to see how they recoup their investment over time. What I wonder is how long it takes. It must be worth it because Android came long before Chrome OS and Google decided to use the same strategy for an operating system for computers. They must have known ahead of time what they would get in return.
When Microsux discounts their OS, builds their own hardware, and sells other manufacturers hardware at a big discount, they are counting on people to buy their properties in the future. Is the Microsux ecosystem really so good that people will want to buy their next machine using Windoz?
Apple's iOS is getting better all of the time. There are hundreds of thousands of apps for it that do great things. Android, though plagued with malware, is also getting better with tens of thousands of apps that are great too. Chrome OS has fewer apps but the machines running it are capable office work devices. As internet speeds increase and apps improve, cloud computing will become a big industry. Why would most people and even businesses choose Microsux if they don't do specialized computing beyond paper pushing? It is only a matter of time before Adobe's programs are run in the cloud and available via a browser. Quicken and other huge specialized software firms will in time do the same thing. They will sell subscriptions and offer data storage on-line for easy sharing.
All Google needs to do is make a better office suite than Microsux and Windoz will be dead soon afterwards.
Now that Google is contracting with a company to make a virtual machine interface so that Microsux Office can run in Chrome OS it is only a matter of months before Windoz takes another big hit. If Google does some heavy advertising once this product is functional Microsux could experience a huge drop in sales. Then HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer, ASUS, and the rest will have one less reason to continue putting Windoz on their machines. They will want to sell Chromebooks.
Maybe some of you believe this is a race to the bottom. Such comments are made here often. It is just a shift in the way people use computers. This happens in all industries. As things evolve competition comes into play. Manufacturers can either innovate to get more sales at prices that make them happy or they can compete in the price arena.
Innovation brings prices up. Competition brings prices down. The balance is always shifting like a pendulum.