M$ Wants an Exclusive Deal With Dell

Rumours are that M$ wants a piece of Dell and an exclusive deal… Don’t do it, Dell. Remember Nokia, and many others. An exclusive deal would tie you to a sinking ship. M$ is just going to use you as temporary buoyancy for “8”.

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10 Responses to M$ Wants an Exclusive Deal With Dell

  1. bw says:

    I don’t see a whole lot of real information here. There is some hand waving about “quite a bit”, “doing a lot”, and “huge volume there” that is not substantiated with showing a map of stores in India that sell Dell stuff and an add by some joker named Kaushar on an Indian version of Angie’s List. Every Wal-Mart and BestBuy in the country sells Dell stuff here and none of it with Linux.

    Besides, who really cares about what they are buying in India? When I’m in the market for a new computer, I shop either on-line or locally in the US. Never been to India and don’t want to go there.

  2. oiaohm says:

    MK Dell recommends Windows and a lot of other items like that you see on hp and others is OEM getting license discount for MS advertising.

  3. MK wrote, “Dell keeps recommending Windows on every page with an Ubuntu laptop on dell.com”.

    That’s just to fool gullible USAians. In India they don’t.

  4. MK says:

    Here are a few points to consider, before you believe that Dell pushes Ubuntu:

    – Dell laptops with Ubuntu are often more expensive then the same ones with Windows.

    – Dell keeps recommending Windows on every page with an Ubuntu laptop on dell.com

    – Dell laptops with Ubuntu aren’t available, safe in a few select countries, and even then, the choice is limited.

    – I tend to disbelieve PR people from Dell bragging about huge volumes sold in distant countries.

    – Most importantly, Dell laptops are often generic Dell machines with Ubuntu slapped on them. They don’t work well, or you can’t upgrade to the next release, and I won’t recommend buying them.

  5. Dell pushed GNU/Linux quite a bit in USA perhaps to get a better deal from M$ but Dell is doing a lot with Ubuntu GNU/Linux in China and India. They have huge volume there.

    e.g. see http://www.dellretailstores.in/city-listing.php?city=Hyderabad&submit2=

    Here’s an excerpt from an ad:

    Dell Inspiron 15 Laptop (3rd Gen Ci5/ 4GB/ 500GB/ Ubuntu)

    If you are looking for a simple laptop with versatile features that cater to all your computing needs, then Dell has something in store for you. The Dell Inspiron 3520 Laptop is designed with fine craftsmanship that is sure to mesmerize you. Powered by an Intel Core i5 (3rd Generation) processor, this laptop works at a remarkable speed and helps you to get your work done on time. The operating system loaded on this device is the highly innovative Ubuntu which is very user friendly. Suitable for office purposes and casual use, this Dell product will change the way you live virtually.
    Offer Price : 37990/- (All Inclusive)”

    see http://electronics.vivastreet.co.in/computers+noida/dell-inspiron-15-laptop–3rd-gen-ci5–4gb–500gb–ubuntu–/62931587

    That’s in-your-face pushing Ubuntu. It’s a product from Dell. There is no “recommends that other OS”…

  6. Kevin Lynch says:

    My feeling on this Dell deal is that Microsoft will likely get it’s way. Dell has been tied to Microsoft for a long time. They seem to basically jump as high as Microsoft says.

    While it’s nice to think of Microsoft as a sinking ship. It’s a big ship and has a long way to sink. That means it has plenty of time to regroup and turn things around.

    Personally I doubt gaining more control of Dell will help Microsoft’s fortunes. Dell are slipping in market share just as Nokia were. Life hasn’t worked out too well for Nokia.

    Dell likely do have some very juicy patents though. Just as Nokia have.

  7. MK says:

    Not sure about OEMs, but I think it’s safe to assume that you’ll be preaching the death of Microsoft for a long long time.

  8. M$ bills OEMs in advance for licences to install on PCs. Those PCs did not sell. How long do you think OEMs will continue to be slaves for M$? Profit is down seriously. They are finally having to compete by advertising.

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