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Netbooks are great XP machines

Sunday, June 07, 2009 by Dave Winer.

Just tweeted: "Microsoft's problem, they employ billions of dollars worth of engineers who produce stuff no one wants."  Permalink to this paragraph

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Short version of this post: Microsoft -- Let the netbook guys put whatever they want to in the box, and sell them XP Home for a reasonable price and stop trying to tell us we have to use Vista because people don't want to.  Permalink to this paragraph

Longer version. Permalink to this paragraph

Netbooks are great Windows machines. I remember seeing a $600 pricetag on an Asus last year and thinking "Geez that's cheap!" so I bought one. Now it seems expensive. Same computer now is $280. That's even cheaper. So cool. And it runs Windows XP Home so I can run my software on it. Now I'm totally uninterested in buying an iPhone-like laptop, which Apple almost surely will want to sell me.  Permalink to this paragraph

You'd think that would be great news for Microsoft! You'd think they'd be running ads on TV saying "Holy Shit People Like Our Stuff Now Man That's So Fucking Cool." Permalink to this paragraph

But you'd be wrong. Permalink to this paragraph

Because. Because. Well. You tell me why they're not super excited about this. Steve? Ray? Permalink to this paragraph

As a user, I'm happy as can be. I love this new stuff. And I'll tell you what. It's found money for them, whatever they get, because I wasn't ever going to buy a Microsoft product. I'm amazed that I like XP. But only because it runs on these coool new netbook computers. Permalink to this paragraph

And the netbook market is incredibly competitive. They keep dropping the prices and they want to add features, but Microsoft won't let them. If they add more features, they say, they have to put Vista on the computer. People don't want Vista. And Microsoft must be worried they don't want Windows 7 either. Permalink to this paragraph

That's their problem, not mine. Their job is to create software people want.  Permalink to this paragraph

I recorded a brief podcast about this, but if you've read this post you don't need to listen to it. You've already heard what I have to say. Permalink to this paragraph

XP is cool. Sell it and be proud. Create products people want, and all is good. Create products people don't want, go back to the drawing board or find another line of work. Permalink to this paragraph

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