“With two overlapping events, Microsoft admitted what we have been saying all along, Vista, aka Windows MeII [Me 2 or II], is a joke that no one wants. It did two unprecedented things this week that frankly stunned us,” Charlie Demerjian writes for The Inquirer.
Demerjian writes, “Dell announced that it would be offering XP again on home PCs… Never before has anyone backpedalled on this, to do so would earn you the wrath of Microsoft.”
“But Dell just did. This means that MeII sales are at least as bad as we think, the software and driver situation is just as miserable, and Dell had no choice but to buck the trend. If anyone thinks this is an act of atonement for foisting such a steaming pile on us, think again, it doesn’t care about the consumer,” Demerjian writes.
Demerjian writes, “What happened is the OEMs revolted in the background and forced Microsoft’s hand. This is a big neon sign above MeII saying ‘FAILURE’. Blink blink blink. OK, MeII won’t fail, they have OEMs whipped and threatened into a corner, it will sell, but you can almost hear the defectors marching toward Linux. This is a watershed.”
MacDailyNews Take: Funny, we don’t hear or see any signs of consumers marching towards Linux. Dell offering it, maybe, but who’s buying? We do see a few what-we-hope-are-early ripples of people dumping Windows for Mac OS X. Maybe that will become a wave if Apple plays its cards right. Linux for servers, no problem. Linux for consumers, no chance. Demerjian can dream, but that doesn’t make it reality. Million of copies of WIndows Vista have walked out of Best Buys et al. since release in the hands of consumers who, frankly, don’t know any better. Forget Linux, soon Windows Vista will eclipse sales of Mac OS X’s all-time totals. That doesn’t make Vista a better OS than Mac OS X any more than it makes Britney Spears a better composer than Beethoven.
Demerjian continues, “The other equally monumental MeII failure? Gates in China launching a $3 version of bundled MeII. Why is this not altruism? Well, it goes back to piracy and how it helped enforce the MS monopoly… If you fit Microsoft’s somewhat convoluted definition of poor, it still wants to lock you in, you might get rich enough to afford the full-priced stuff someday. It is at a dangerous crossroads, if its software bumps up the price of a computer by 100 per cent, people might look to alternatives.”
“Microsoft has lost its ability to twist arms, and now it is going to die. It can’t compete on level ground, so is left with backpedalling and discounts of almost 100 times,” Demerjian writes. “What we are seeing is an unprecedented shift of power. It is also an unprecedented admission of failure. And the funniest part about the moves made? They are the wrong things to do. Microsoft is in deep trouble.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Thomas” for the heads up.]
MacDailyNews Take: Come on, Charlie, you can say it: “Apple Macintosh.” The solution is Apple Macintosh, as it has been for over 20 years. Disregarding Demerjian’s pie-in-the-sky Linux dreams, we agree that Microsoft is in trouble; they have been for some time.
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