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Beware a softie bearing gifts…Microsoft giveaway?

I make no secret of my opinion that Microsoft should never be allowed the dominance on any form factor that its enjoyed over the years on the desktop.  After many years of introducing users to Linux and indeed other alternatives, it always amazed me that such simple features of Linux that I take for granted were seen as a huge benefit by those used to a Microsoft operating system.  A solid stable experience, no need to battle malware and faster operations were but a few things that users coming from Windows mentioned when they had Linux introduced to them.

Today times are changing and despite what some might say, the traditional desktop is going.  Thats great news for choice since we have Android and even Apple products offering users the experiences they want, that’s not good news for Microsoft who have, to be fair, struggled in almost every facet of new tech.  Even the Xbox One has a derogatory name and it hasn’t been released yet.

Recently Microsoft announced that it was giving away free ebooks in multiple formats for users to download.  These ebooks – surprise, surprise for Microsoft products. Good news? Well not in my opinion.  Lets look back a few years at what Bill Gates had to say:

“They’ll get sort of addicted, and then we’ll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade.”

That was Bill Gates talking about piracy and taking Microsoft products for “free”.  Now as we see people moving away from Microsoft is so many area’s, one has to wonder if this give-away is all about getting people “addicted” again.

I don’t think Microsoft has a belief in free.  It’s actions if hidden under a banner of “free” are to lock you into an ecosystem of theirs “One Microsoft Way” or as Bill Gates said, “to get sort of addicted”

I think Microsoft knows that the new generation of customers, the ones in school or college are getting competitors products.  Microsoft in my view can see that if left unchecked very shortly Microsoft will be an afterthought – Just look at the tablet and smartphone market now, Microsoft barely registers on the scale and has to get a living from Android “licenses” and if these form-factors are the mainstream of the future as the current market stands, Microsoft has a very small and unremarkable future.

I wouldn’t recommend people accepting anything for free from Microsoft, as in my view there’s always a price to be paid.

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7 thoughts on “Beware a softie bearing gifts…Microsoft giveaway?

  1. But, Microsoft can still continue a lot of harmful activities. It has practically destroyed Nokia, the straightforward, originally Finnish company. How? It had to taken an uncompetitive, someone may have said, incompetent Bachelor of whatever big chief from Microsoft… a man who has now enabled catastrophes in the company. Still, all people are singing there hallelujah. What a super-simple “shorting” case!

    Posted by Topias Kallitsalo | June 24, 2013, 7:43 pm
  2. I think Microsoft knows that the new generation of customers, the ones in school or college are getting competitors products. Microsoft in my view can see that if left unchecked very shortly Microsoft will be an afterthought – Just look at the tablet and smartphone market now, Microsoft barely registers on the scale and has to get a living from Android “licenses” and if these form-factors are the mainstream of the future as the current market stands, Microsoft has a very small and unremarkable future.

    The problem is that no one knows when the curve is going to accelerate. It should happen damned fast when it turns. But when?

    Because tech change curves aren’t linear, the are exponential. Look at how quickly Google took over search, or Apple took over MP3 players…

    Wayne

    Posted by Wayne Borean aka The Mad Hatter | June 25, 2013, 2:53 am
  3. To Goblin and Wayne,

    Wayne says: “The problem is that no one knows when the curve is going to accelerate. It should happen damned fast when it turns. But when?”
    ————————————————————————————————-
    And now we know the when. It has been happening for awhile now, but this quarter Microsoft could not hide the declining sales of Windows. 6% less revenue for Windows, but MS admits to selling 20% less windows computers (=licenses) to consumers. Its only businesses upgrading hardware to Windows Seven from expiring end of life updates for XP that is saving the Borg this much. And in less than a year that will end too. W9 will be rushed to market, but will have to be better than 8. Otherwise this trend will accelerate. Only Melinda’s MS Bob user interface can save them now! LOL!

    MS is counting on lcd’s being fully converted to touch by a year and a half. It probably costs no more to make a touch lcd than a non-touch one. Its just the tooling and conversion process that costs at first.

    In the meantime, the cost of touch has to come down to where users will buy it, which is not going to hide the cost of windows anymore. Touch is not selling so far on PC’s. However, it might be of limited use on an Android laptops. And if these Android laptops ever arrive at a cheap selling point, then MS days will be numbered as the dominant platform on PC’s. Already Chromebooks account for up to 30% of laptop sales on laptops under $300.

    Posted by Chips_B_Malroy | July 23, 2013, 10:19 pm
  4. Tim,

    I left your link on Joe Wilcox’s personal site. It appeared that he stopped writing or was considering it. Hope you do not mind.

    Posted by Chips_B_Malroy | July 30, 2013, 12:11 am

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Tim Wilson

Tim Wilson

Writer/Novelist of many facets both in the world of technology and fantasy/sci-fi. Co-host of the TechBytes audiocast and writer for both OpenBytes and Goblin's Domain. Supporter of free and open source software.

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