M$ is desperately trying to preserve its desktop monopoly and to extend it to smart thingies by requiring OEMs to allow only signed software to boot on new machines that may run “8″. Think of the advantages, for M$:
- M$ can arrange that no future release can run on any older machine, requiring the machine to be replaced with the software. OEMs will love that…
- M$ can arrange that no competitor’s software can run on a new machine.
- M$ can enforce that the OS can die at a predetermined time and the whole unit must be replaced.