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Microsoft is launching a program to promote the use of its Windows OS in ultra low-cost PCs, one effect of which will be to limit the hardware capabilities of this type of device, IDG News Service has learned.

Microsoft plans to offer PC makers steep discounts on Windows XP Home Edition to encourage them to use that OS instead of Linux on ultra low-cost PCs (ULPCs). To be eligible, however, the PC vendors that make ULPCs must limit screen sizes to 10.2 inches and hard drives to 80G bytes, and they cannot offer touch-screen PCs.
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go ms ! take over the world
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How are they taking over the world? They want to stop linux from gaining power, which is bad for them. Not necessarily bad, not necessarily good.
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to can already make a pc that = a gaming rig for about 400-500 bucks and runs vista no problem.. :O gezz
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How are they taking over the world? They want to stop linux from gaining power, which is bad for them. Not necessarily bad, not necessarily good.
we need linux ... it keeps MS on thier feet , without linux ms would be making horrible OS's and charging alot more!

i hope linux keeps its 15% of the market or w/e
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we need linux ... it keeps MS on thier feet , without linux ms would be making horrible OS's and charging alot more!

i hope linux keeps its 15% of the market or w/e

and how much do mac's have? 5%? lol
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No touchscreen eh? I guess thats just another reason to get the Linux based Eee pc...

This is just nonsense, yes its going to be cheaper, but its software, and if they stop selling regular XP they aren't losing anything from selling a cheaper version, so why limit it?

I understand the whole point of limiting, things cost money to research and they want to be rewarded for the extra effort put into making it better, but this isn't that. I'd say they've made enough off of XP(so much so that they have to stop selling it to turn a profit with vista!) so they are just money grubbing now...

I'm looking at the tags for this thread, and "microsoft shoots foot" seems pretty accurate to me. Not only are people not going to buy the Windows versions of laptops, they are going to but the linux version and pirate Windows just to stick it to MS. (At least I will )
    
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tags :microsoft shoots foot lOL
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Originally Posted by Dylan View Post
we need linux ... it keeps MS on thier feet , without linux ms would be making horrible OS's and charging alot more!

i hope linux keeps its 15% of the market or w/e
I said NOTHING about linux being bad, I said MS is doing what is good for them in a business sense.

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and how much do mac's have? 5%? lol
The marketshare apple has is completely irrelevant here.

And quit adding stupid tags.
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we need linux ... it keeps MS on thier feet , without linux ms would be making horrible OS's and charging alot more!

i hope linux keeps its 1.5% of the market or w/e
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