__/ [ Ian Hilliard ] on Monday 22 May 2006 19:39 \__
> Erik Funkenbusch wrote:
>> On Mon, 22 May 2006 16:00:06 GMT, The Ghost In The Machine wrote:
>> Personally, I don't think anyone will buy into this. It just doesn't make
>> sense. People hate that cell phones work this way, but they have no other
>> choice since cell phones have always worked in this way. OS's have
>> various choices, including staying with a version of Windows that doesn't
>> do this, or using a non-MS OS.
> For once I have to agree with you. People will not go for this if they can
> get alternatives. The question is how Microsoft intends to remove the
> alternatives, if that is at all possible.
The miserable act of a very baffled company. Very relevant to this discussion
is an interview from earlier today (there was also a video interview with
Gates; about the future, or lack thereof, of Microsoft):
Counting the cost of counterfeiting
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| Do you think that some of the issue is that your licensing model is just
| a bit outdated? Google has got people used to the idea that they can get
| stuff free in turn for reading advertising--is that a model that Microsoft
| is considering?
| Alexander (head of Microsoft's antipiracy program): We are definitely
| looking at it. We are always trying to stay three or four years ahead of
| the market. It is certainly something that is discussed.
,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoft moves to stem staff exodus
| Ballmer brings back the towels
| By Nick Farrell: Monday 22 May 2006, 15:21
| SOFTWARE GIANT Microsoft is facing a mass exodus of its staff to
| outfits like Google and some of the new-fangled Internet companies.
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