Originally Posted by Mac-sochist
Yeah, they can sell a computer with some other OS that nobody's ever heard of, that won't run the apps everybody needs to use. Sounds like a viable business model to me!
But how is that Microsoft's fault? They cannot be blamed for the lack of serious competition.
What if I owned an MP3 retail outlet? I would have no choice but to sell iPods would I?
What if I never really wanted to sell iPods because Apple kept the margins so low but felt forced to because that was what everyone wanted to buy. Are Apple stuffing me over? Are Apple abusing their position or is this simply a case of a business doing what it takes to make money?
You cannot have it both ways, you cannot cherry pick between the best of Capitalism and the best of Communism (unless of course you were in China). Business is Business.
Brilliant? They copied Mac OS when that idiot Sculley handed it to them on a silver platter, and you can see the results: Windows! Brilliant? LMAO! Microsoft has never written anything original in its existence! They bought DOS, from a company that had ported CP/M to 16-bit, they copied Apple's GUI, with disastrous results.... Windows is a total train wreck, from the word go. If it weren't for the criminal tactics they've used to achieve their monopoly, nobody would remember their name today!
? Of course they were brilliant at what they did, your post only serves to highlight that more!
If the product is as bad as you say they Microsoft were even more brilliant than I thought to get to the position they are in now. As a business they are outstanding.
Microsoft are a great company, they made less bad decisions along the way than Apple did full stop. Put Apple in Microsoft's place and they would be just the same. You would probably on here every day telling everyone how Vista is wonderful and how Apple are a bunch of crooks.
Windows has been wonderful and is totally responsible for the fact that just about everybody in the developed world owns a computer and every business runs on one. Hell Windows is even partly responsible for the number of Mac users out there today.
Microsoft did what Apple failed to do. Apple may well have the best product in OSX (And I think they do) and they may have some of the nicest looking machines on the market but that does not mean that Microsoft are a bunch of crooks with a bad product. If you really believe that then your are seriously deluded.
Do not underestimate the general public, I know it is easy to think people can be forced into buying things they do not want but as a rule this is not true. It is a fact that is that if Windows was not such a great, life changing product then Microsoft would not be where they are today. You cannot become a world leader with a bad product, it simply does not work like that.