M$ Attempts to Build a New Monopoly

Allowing M$ to pick and choose which OEMs can install that other OS is leading to a new monopoly designed to replace Wintel, at least on ARM. No longer will consumers be able to install an OS from M$ on a PC if M$ gets its way. M$ will have loyal OEMs only blessed with the privilege and revenue streams.

Are you paying attention, x86/amd64 OEMs? If you depend on M$ you can be left out in the cold the next time M$ makes a secret deal with one of your competitors. To avoid this, OEMs should install GNU/Linux and Android/Linux and be free of M$ forever. There’s no reason at all for an OEM to give this much control to M$. M$ is a software company. M$ is not taking the risk of investing in hardware production facilities and the vagaries of the market. M$ will make $billions no matter how small OEMs margins become.

Are you paying attention, US Department of Justice? This is what results when you give M$ a slap on the wrist and allow them to promise to be good…

see Microsoft seems to be excluding HTC from Windows | Microsoft – CNET News.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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17 Responses to M$ Attempts to Build a New Monopoly

  1. Clarence Moon says:

    The rest of us pinch pennies and compare.

    Don’t be so coy, Mr. Pogson. Selling yourself short like that fools no one. In terms of pinching the penny, you are in a league of your own, I think!

  2. John Cockroft wrote, “Microsoft want to kill off desktop/laptop PCs as soon as possible and take over the tablet market”.

    I doubt that. The desktop/laptop stuff is their lock-in for almost everything else: server, networking, AD, WMP, etc. I think they are perfectly happy with business users sticking with XP/”7″ for years to come, anything but */Linux or MacOS. “8” on x86 or ARM is all about consumers. Every consumer prevented from seeing another OS on ARM is a consumer possibly still locked into Wintel. The strategy is to preserve Wintel as long as possible. A $billion saved is a $billion earned… They know there is an expiry date. All their shenanigans are to put it off as long as possible. At the rate Android/Linux is taking over ARM and threatening to expand into x86 there’s little M$ can do but send out suicidal patrols to disrupt the attack. Taking over ARM is a faint hope for M$ but they can slow down the progress of */Linux a few quarters or a few years more one way or another. They don’t care if the world takes them and their pet OEMs to court as long as the cash cows keep giving cash for a bit longer.

  3. John Cockroft says:

    Microsoft do not OWN the manufacturers of personal computers – they supply software which people CAN load onto that hardware. Note the ‘CAN’ – this is not MANDATORY. If you buy a computer – you do not HAVE to run Windows on it.

    Microsoft is attempting to change all that. By using the secure boot features of UEFI (which is a car crash all in itself – CoreBoot – http://www.coreboot.org/Welcome_to_coreboot ) is MUCH better but alas the manufacturers (except AMD who have listened) drink M$ CoolAid and submit to their every whim.

    Windows 8 (on the desktop) is an utter car crash. I have dutifully downloaded the preview and played with this in VirtualBox and also had a play with Windows RT on a pre-release tablet that I had the fortune/misfortune to be given access to. Windows 8 RT and Windows 8 (Desktop) are completely different beasts. The RT version is quite pretty, Metro is OK (not horrendous) – personally I think that Android 4.x is better but that is my own opinion. The problem is that there are a VERY LIMITED number of Metro applications and – much worse – a tiny number of ‘business level’ applications that use Metro.

    What that means is:

    * Business users will (in general) not use Windows 8 tablets except for web apps (which they could use on ANY tablet)

    * Windows 8 Desktop users will be forced to use the horrendous Metro/Class Frankenstein experience which jars horribly.

    My conclusion is this – Microsoft want to kill off desktop/laptop PCs as soon as possible and take over the tablet market (perhaps with hybrid devices like the Asus Transformer that has a keyboard as well).

    Why?

    Because lots of people are buying Apple iPads and Android Tablets (and Apple are TERRIFIED of Android – hence the continuous law suits against Samsung, HTC and others – they can’t afford to let the public choose!) – and that mind Microsoft’s MINDSHARE is dropping. God Forbid – people might even start to realize that they DON’T NEED Microsoft operating systems to run a computer!

    Part of this plan is to move over to ARM (Intel won’t be happy – which is why they are desperate to push Intel Atom’s on tablets) – and in doing so try to prevent people loading other operating systems on tablets – like that’s Microsoft’s decision (I don’t think so – if I buy a piece of hardware – it is up to ME what I run on it!)

    This needs to come before the Monopolies board – both in the USA and UK/Europe. Microsoft – yet again is trying to force users to HAVE to buy their sub-standard software and to create an absolute monopoly in the non-Apple (who make their OWN hardware) markets. Most Android tablets allow LEGAL rooting now – so the irony is that it will soon be easier to load Windows 8 onto an (ex) Android tablet than to load (say) Android or Linux onto an (ex) Windows 8 tablet.

    Exactly what Microsoft wants of course.

  4. oiaohm says:

    Mats Hagglund the interesting number is always that more machines are build than copies of windows total sold+ apple machine total. This is either a lot of copy protection breaking going on or there is a lot of people using other OS’s.

    Even so Google acquiring Motorola caused Samsung and a few others to invest in there own OS.

    MS releasing there own desktop would also cause some of MS OEM’s to invest in other OS solutions.

  5. Mats Hagglund says:

    I agree with Robert Pogson. Talking about “huge success of Apple” is mostly based on hype. Their marketshare is globally just below 5%. If MS manufactured own pc’s with Windows OS that would be OK.

    http://www.worldometers.info/computers/

    (over 154 million pc’s manufactured so far in 2012. That’s 970 000 per day and perhaps 350 million until 31st of Dec. MS is selling about annual 200 million Windows licenses. Some of Windows 7 licenses are for older XP/Vista computers.

  6. oldman says:

    “HTC is being excluded by M$. There’s no market for that other OS available to HTC. They will sell */Linux.”

    How Pog? Because Microsoft insisted on control of the UI of their products as part of their terms of license?

    Just because you refuse to recognize a sellers absolute right within the band of the local laws to set the terms of what they are selling/licensing, doesn’t make this exclusion.

  7. Viktor wrote, “Apple’s marketing is/was so tremendously successful that even people who have not enough money (especially young people) buy Apple.”

    When you can describe what you mean with numbers, I could believe it but according to Apple, they sold 4 million Macs last quarter. That’s 4/90×100= 4.4% of desktops/notebooks shipped that quarter. I would not call that tremendously successful.

    SmartPhones and tablets were better for them but they continue to lose share against Android/Linux. Still, I see no evidence of people starving so they can buy from Apple. Last time I checked they had only a few stores in all of China. That’s not wildly successful marketing…

  8. Viktor says:

    The people who buy Apple’s stuff are a niche of people with too much money.

    Quite on the contrary. If anything Apple’s marketing is/was so tremendously successful that even people who have not enough money (especially young people) buy Apple. That’s a reality you could see if you ever actually ventured into an Apple store instead of rummaging through the “Beast”.

  9. iLia, denying that people care about price, wrote, “shamelessly expensive and it is not a problem for people who buy them. So “free as in beer” is not a competitive advantage.”

    The people who buy Apple’s stuff are a niche of people with too much money. The rest of us pinch pennies and compare. I have often bought stuff that was not as feature-full as other products because any disadvantage was more than offset by a lower price. For example, when I build a PC, I rarely am tempted by the top-end CPUs which I know will be idling in a system. I can usually buy a decent middle-of-the-road CPU which will do well for less than half the price and it will still be idling. You can buy a PC for $1K+ but unless you value the logo or shine, why bother? Price does matter otherwise everything would cost twice as much tomorrow.

  10. Phenom says:

    Spam filter is become worse and worse.

  11. Phenom says:

    Quote: “HTC engineers wanted to build a Windows device with a customized home screen that would be distinctive to its devices”

    In other words, HTC wanted to tweak the UI and spoil the user experience MS developed for 8. No wonder MS refused. They hardly let Nokia add a new theme color for their Lumias.

  12. kozmcrae says:

    iLia wrote:

    “So “free as in beer” is not a competitive advantage.”

    So what’s Google charging for an Android license fee these days?

  13. iLia says:

    Apple succeeds by creating products that people want to use more than they want to use Microsoft’s products.

    And don’t forget that these products are shamelessly expensive and it is not a problem for people who buy them. So “free as in beer” is not a competitive advantage.

  14. jon wrote, “OEM’s that want to sell into the Windows market — just about all of them — will be willing to accommodate Microsoft’s desires until doing that hurts sales in another market”.

    HTC is being excluded by M$. There’s no market for that other OS available to HTC. They will sell */Linux.

  15. jon says:

    OEM’s that want to sell into the Windows market — just about all of them — will be willing to accommodate Microsoft’s desires until doing that hurts sales in another market. However, there is no other market that’s currently large enough for that to happen. (No, Linux isn’t it.)

    Apple, not Linux, poses the biggest challenge to Microsoft’s market hegemony. (It’s not an actual monopoly. Otherwise, I’d be typing this on Windows.) Apple’s iOS devices have been locked down from the start, and we can expect Apple to apply those lessons to OX X. Meanwhile, Apple is more interested in making money than worrying about Microsoft. Microsoft may have the hegemony, but Apple’s got the money.

    Apple succeeds by creating products that people want to use more than they want to use Microsoft’s products. Linux ought to emulate that,and de-emphasize the free software aspect. Not abandon it, just realize that people care more about shiny new software than the freedom to look at source code.

  16. iLia says:

    M$ will make $billions no matter how small OEMs margins become.

    No, Microsoft will not make $billions if OEM will not sell MS stuff, and OEM will not sell MS stuff if it is not profitable. Especially if there is Android. Some simple logic.

    M$ will have loyal OEMs only blessed with the privilege and revenue streams.

    And what about Apple? They do not allow any other OEM to produce devices with their OS’s. I mean Mac OS X, iOS. Is it OK?

  17. Phenom says:

    Good morning, Pogson! Haven’t you heard of “Minimum system requirements” so far?

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