Windows and the Race to the Bottom

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by Rogifan, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. Rogifan macrumors P6

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    Interesting "rant" from Microsoft fanboy Paul Thurrott:

    http://windowsitpro.com/windows-81/microsoft-windows-race-to-the-bottom

    The media totally mis-represented Microsoft's price cut on Windows licensing. It only applies to the low end, devices $250 or cheaper. Clearly Microsoft had decided to join the race to the bottom. Now is Appler's time - more than ever - to really be laser focused on producing the best quality devices that consumers are willing to pay a premium for. Let Microsoft and Google OEMs fight out the race to the bottom.
     
  2. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    I just think that the manufacturers would be better off not doing low end devices at all. We have too many tablets and smartphones in people's hands who can't even afford to buy an app for them. What's the point other than marketshare? Marketshare doesn't make you any money, and neither does presence other than you might get someone to buy one after seeing another. But you have the problem like Amazon where they have to beg people to use their App store and give them free money to do so.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    Interesting quote from the article
    This isn't a new strategy for MS, they have always marketed to the masses more then catering to niche markets. What has changed is they now have major competitors in that sector, where as in the past they had it to themselves.

    I think MS's approach is ill-fated and won't help them in the long run. Just look at dell that made a race to the bottom trying to get more customers at the expense of their margins. I'm not saying MS is doomed, but I don't think its a viable long term solution.
     
  4. MattG macrumors 68040

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    This is why I never take that whole marketshare argument seriously, especially when in the context of a "which device is better / more popular" debate, especially-especially when it comes to Microsoft and Android products. Congrats, your product runs on a bazillion devices that mostly perform like crap.
     
  5. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    Personally, I couldn't care less how much money a company makes and has no influence upon choosing which product I should buy. Windows is going to be cheaper, which is a win for me. Just like Mavericks being free is also a win. Anything cheaper is a win.

    I'm sure Microsoft will have a strategy to balance the books. Maybe through content sales or something... I have no idea.
     
  6. Rogifan thread starter macrumors P6

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    That's what I don't get about this. Leo Laporte thinks this is a great idea because it will get people hooked into Microsoft's ecosystem. But unless these people are buying subscriptions to Office 365 or something what's the point? I don't think Microsoft wants to become an advertising company.

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    How is anything cheaper a win if it results in crappy products like netbooks? You should care about whether a company makes money or not because if they don't they go out of business.

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    http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13970_7-57619652-78/android-widgets-on-the-nokia-x-feel-out-of-place/
     
  7. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    Nobody is forced to buy badly made products. Them being cheap does not equate to them being bad. A company going out of business is not my concern. It is the senior staff, board of directors and shareholders concern. Unlike most on here, I do not "support" certain companies... I buy what suits my needs regardless of the financial situation of the company.
     

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