CyberTech Rambler

February 18, 2009

I do not think Microsoft profitted from Vista to XP “Upgrade”

Filed under: Uncategorized — ctrambler @ 1:36 pm

It is only a matter of time, Microsoft is slapped with a lawsuit alleging it profitted from Vista to XP Upgrade.

Did it? I doubt. There is a possibility that some of the money were remitted to Microsoft, but it is very remote. First of all, I done a lot of downgrade with a lot of software. In all cases, the vendor did not get anything extra. HP once said that not offerring XP directly but as a downgrade saved it on administration cost and the fact that the main theme of the article is to cast doubt on Microsoft Vista sales figure, strongly implying that Microsoft got nothing out of the downgrade, sales figure excepted.

It is manufacturer that make a killing at Microsoft expense. For preloaded XP, most simply has an additional line of harddisk comes with it preloaded. This cost can be easily absorbed through normal operational overhead, but they sensed that they can make money out of thin air and did it. This is especially true for manufacturers such as Dell that pride that it can offer different configuration of the same basic computer.

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