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Microsoft’s Biggest Weakness

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| In many ways, Microsoft has little to worry about, at least not for now.
| Sure, they are losing market share steadily, but for their lead to be toppled
| it would take years and years, or would it?
|
| Microsoft’s agreements with major OEMs (original equipment manufacturers)
| such as Dell and HP are highly confidential (which is a warning sign in
| itself), but by most accounts, the agreements give Microsoft a lot of power
| over these OEMs. This is part of what gives Microsoft so much power. As long
| as OEMs continue to sell Windows exclusively, which Microsoft essentially
| ensures with their agreements, they have a large part of the market all to
| themselves. These strangle-hold agreements may also be a weakness, though.
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http://www.linuxloop.com/news/2008/0...gest-weakness/


Recent:

End Runs Around Vista

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| Still, the sources say employees in HP's PC division are exploring the
| possibility of building a mass-market operating system. HP's software would
| be based on Linux, the open-source operating system that is already widely
| available, but it would be simpler and easier for mainstream users, the
| sources say.
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http://www.businessweek.com/magazine...f+the+magazine


HP's 'End Run' Around Windows

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| As Hewlett-Packard steps up efforts to make Microsoft's operating system
| easier to use, some want to devise a rival version with Linux
|
| [...]
|
| Others in HP's PC division are exploring the possibility of building an HP
| operating system for mainstream desktop and notebook computers based on the
| open-source Linux system, which competes with Windows, say people familiar
| with the company's plans. The goals may be to make HP less dependent on new
| releases of Windows, and to strengthen HP's hand against Apple (AAPL), which
| has gained market share with computers that boast innovative features and
| inspire a loyal following of users.
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http://www.businessweek.com/technolo...s+%2B+analysis


Mainstream media writes Windows obit

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| Wow, a tough day for Windows.
|
| BusinessWeek reports that HP, the world’s biggest PC company, is so troubled
| by Vista’s ‘tepid reception’ and Apple’s resurgence that it is developing its
| own operating system. Meanwhile a New York Times columnist writes on his blog
| that Windows is “already dying a death by a thousand cuts.”
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/computers/?p=219


Microsoft Is Giving Up on Windows

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| It's true: Microsoft has confirmed that it's abandoning Windows as we know
| it. Cagey as ever, the Microsofties won't say when it'll happen, but they
| have talked a little bit about what the next OS is going to look like--or not
| look like.
|
| [...]
|
| Midori for Linux?
|
| One of my smarter-than-me buddies, Gary F., told me that Linus Torvalds
| worked on something called Midori a few years ago, an embedded Linux for
| mobile devices: "I doubt Microsoft would ever release something that could be
| traced back to Linux, but if I recall correctly, Transmeta's Midori had some
| rudimentary 'cloud computing' features vaguely similar to Microsoft's
| Midori." Read "Details emerge on Transmeta's "Mobile Linux" and "Transmeta
| Exports Midori Linux to China" for details.
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http://www.pcworld.com/article/14970...n_windows.html


Microsoft to kill Windows with 'web-centric' Midori?

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| Microsoft continues to downplay the importance of Midori by saying it is just
| a research project.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/07...nical_details/


Microsoft loses 90 Billion Dollars [in less than a year]

http://slated.org/microsoft_loses_90_billion_dollars
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