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Re: How Microsoft Beat WordPerfect/The Evidence
So you know the rest of the story, the 1995 case against M$ was that they
then forced the computer manufacurers to pay for Windows regardless if
they installed it or not. i.e. the manufacurers HAD to pay MS for a
windows licence even if it shipped with OS/2, UNIX, etc.
Charles Kelly, NT*Pro wrote:
> 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,
> pre-installed option.
> At 12:23 PM 11/8/97 -0500, Tod Landis wrote:
> >Yes, Charles. That's evidence. 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.
> <MAJOR SNIP>
> >> .-
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