Saturday, March 07, 2009

Microsoft business model is over - MarketWatch

Right now, for example, I can get a complete Intel motherboard with an Atom processor, ready to install in a box, for about $100. All I need is a $30 memory module, an inexpensive hard disk ($50) and a case/power supply ($75). For $255, I can have a pretty nice cheap machine. Now I have to add the most basic version of Windows for $199? And Office for another $399 (standard no-frills edition)?

Let's add this up: Hot little computer: $255. Basic low-end Microsoft software: $598.

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1 comment:

  1. First switch to OpenOffice and then the OS. OO is reall great product to reduce the digital divide. As mentioned here, people can't afford softwares which are expensive than h/w. In emerging economies, general user simple used pirated softwares. Once they know they have to pay huge money to use Licensed software, they will switch to Opensource softwares.