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____/ Terry Porter on Monday 10 November 2008 22:53 : \____
> Netbooks may be little, but they seem to be causing big problems for
> Microsoft, which blames them for a drop in first-quarter earnings and
> decreased revenues.
> The report goes on to note that netbooks are not only growing at a steady
> pace, their sales are literally blowing the roof off any analyst
> expectations. Sales of the little laptops are set to reach 11 million in
> 2008 and shoot up to 41 million by 2012, an outstanding growth level
> considering only half a million netbooks were sold last year.
> The little Eee PC from Asus as well as Acer Aspire have counted for
> approximately a third of total growth in the PC market in 2008, a record
> by anyone standards. And in Europe, where wireless providers are handing
> out free netbooks with service contracts, the little machines are flying
> off shelves.
> So, how does this affect Microsoft? Well, for starters, a full 25 per
> cent of all netbooks run a Linux OS instead of a Microsoft one. Secondly,
> because Vista is too demanding in terms of systems requirements and
> memory guzzling, most netbooks which do run Windows are running the
> watered down version of XP, XP Home.
> Of course Microsoft are spinning the problem without mentioning Linux,
> but that's SOP for them.
> Our resident genius Flatfish the Wintroll, never considered Netbooks
> important, oddly neither did Microsoft, yet Netbooks are setting unheard
> of growth records.
> Windows ... too bloated, too slow, all back-of-the-bus, today
BillG has seen the worth of his software sinking close to $0. It's
Linux has won the technical battle. Now get the lawyers and shoot down the
lobbyists. It's the next battle.
“Intellectual property is the next software.”
–Nathan Myhrvold, Microsoft patent troll
~~ Best of wishes
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