Scott Cokely wrote:
> Peter da Silva wrote:
> > Microsoft didn't get thir position by doing things other people were in a
> > better position to do, but didn't, or anything like that. Microsoft was very
> > lucky in being selected by IBM for the OS for their original PC and they have
> > ruthlessly exploited their position.
> Also, nearly 100% of the PCs sold in the 1980s came preloaded with DOS or
> Windows or both for FREE. If you tried to buy a computer WITHOUT Windows
> or even with some other OS preloaded, you would be met with a shrug and/or
There is no such thing as a free lunch! I purchased many PC clones
time without an operating system. I then loaded SCO Unix on them.
> Part of the reason for the Macintosh early success was that MacWord and
> MacPaint were bundled with all new systems, so people could work right
> away. Windows was much the same. The biggest difference was the volume
> of PCs sold versus the volume of Macs sold. PCs had it all over Macs
> because there were so many clones; hence, the sheer numbers of Windows
> machines exploded.
> Then the OS maker began to publish all manners of business and home
> productivity software. The rest is history.
> > And you can't say that anyone else would have done the same. Apple was in a
> > similar position with regard to the Macintosh and they deliberately went out
> > of their wayto promote competition.
> Apple didn't allow clones. Doesn't sound like "promoting competition" to
> me. Sounds like Apple tried to corral the market. Prices that are double
> that of PCs for similar hardware and software is testament to the legacy
> of Apple's short-sighted vision for the Mac.
Apple had a chance to slit Microsoft's throat after Windows 3.0 went
down in flames.
They didn't though. Their marketing campaign was aimed towards "the rest
The Mac was a great system, more stable than PCs when it came to heavy
applications like desktop publishing, etc. If they had marketed the Mac
the tables would have been turned on Microsoft. Don't blame Microsoft
situation we are in today. Unix on the desktop? No way! Apple had the
either didn't realize it or just wanted to be the platform of choice for
rest of them.
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