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Re: How Microsoft Beat WordPerfect/The Evidence
I remember ordering hundreds of computers for my workplace during that time
frame (late 90 - early 91) and we ALWAYS had to specifically ask for
Windows 3.0 (and hope we could get all the drivers needed for
peripherals--they weren't readily available). DOS was the "default"
shipping operating system for all the major companies we ordered from... In
fact, there was an item number for the Windows "option" - actually it was
more like a factory installed, extra-cost add-on.
I really don't think it took the computer manufacturers very long to figure
out that they could get a much, much better price per unit if they could
license with Microsoft to pre-install Windows on all the computers they
sold. Especially since the big majority of their customers were asking for
Windows. (this paragraph is conjecture on my part--clearly labeled) This
was when you started seeing the cost of Windows as a no-extra-cost,
At 12:23 PM 11/8/97 -0500, Tod Landis wrote:
>Yes, Charles.Â That's evidence.Â Included in the calculations
>you refer to was the fact that Windows would come pre-installed
>on many machines.
>Charles Kelly, NT*Pro wrote:
>> You call that evidence?
>> Microsoft, if they had any leg up, had their experience developing these
>> same desktop apps for the Macintosh. They were, and still are, a top
>> deleloper/seller of Macintosh applications.
>> WordPerfect, Lotus, and the others knew about windows (this was version 3.0
>> remember). They kept advertising how their DOS apps would run under
>> windows, placing their bet on that strategy. They owned the market in
>> desktop productivity apps. They had the "monoply" in those days, remember?
>> Those DOS apps were cash cows for them. They wanted to keep that revenue
>> flowing in. They also wanted windows to fail--they felt that by not
>> immediately releasing windows versions of their products that Windows would
>> fail. And they were almost right.
>> They made calculated business decisions. These were bright calculating
>> people. To presuppose any differently is to do them a huge injustice.