- 1995 – “any signiï¬cant change to the OPK Requirements such as the HP Pavilion Introduction executing immediately upon power-on would have required a written approval from MS as documented in our companies agreements.
MS requests that HP a)place the HP Introduction after the ï¬rst 3 MS required screens (â€˜User name, EULA, COA) and then be followed by the Windows 95 Welcome Screen and b) return the MSN Icon to the Windows 95 desktop as soon as possible.”
- 2013 – “Asustek Computer has announced a partnership with Taiwan-based IT channel retail chain Tsann Kuen and set up product experience centers at 60 of Tsann Kuen’s stores in Taiwan, aiming to boost its share in Taiwan’s Android-based tablet market to 40% by the end of 2013.”
What a difference 18 years makes. Then, M$ was able to dictate everything down to the location of icons to OEMs. Now, OEMs are promoting other operating systems without deference to M$ at all. The retail chain in Taiwan involved with ASUS has been around since 1978. They have actual shelves and are not shy to promote products. They are not shy to sell no-OS desktop PCs
“Asustek hopes its MeMO Pad HD 7 and the second-generation Nexus 7 can together contribute about 5.5 million units and help it to achieve its 12 million unit shipment goal for 2013”
see Taiwan market: Asustek launches MeMO Pad HD 7