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Re: [News] Microsoft hurting from Linux Netbook sales

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____/ Terry Porter on Monday 10 November 2008 22:53 : \____

> Quote
> 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.
> Unquote
> Quote
> 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.
> Unquote
> http://www.itnews.com.au/News/NewsStory.aspx?story=88701
> 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
patent-trolling time:


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 

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