There's a story on Ars about Lenovo refusing to sell Microsoft's Surface. A number of comments take swipes at OEMs saying Microsoft was the first one to design a good PC laptop. Is that really fair? One, I don't think it's true (Dell, Lenovo and Asus all make some really nice laptops). Two, PC OEMs have to deal with commodity hardware and software. They have to deal with razor thin margins. And consumers that are conditioned to getting cheap PCs. Kind of hard to make a premium product under those circumstances. And it's not like Gates or Ballmer's Microsoft was doing anything to change this dynamic. All that mattered to them was making tons of $$ from Windows licenses. I don't think PC OEMs set out with the intention of making crappy products. I would argue it's easier for Microsoft to design premium hardware as they don't have to sell in volume and can afford for it to not be profitable, at least not right away. Microsoft has freedoms PC OEMs don't. Throwing OEMs under the bus is unfair, IMO.