Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Tim S, 30 Jan 2009.
How often has big business, or a government, said publicly "Yep. We screwed that up" rather than "Oh lord! This <insert thing> is ruining our business!".
It's not changed, and never will change, until people who don't believe that every consumer is a blinkered idiot start running the big businesses.
No surprise people buy less stuff, lets face it, if you don't know if you will still have a job next week, many will start to save money instead of not thinking about the future and spending whatever they can.
I kinda disagree about the netbook and microsoft part, while I agree that it's additional sales and that it's normal that they have to lower the price to compete, I do see netbooks as a threat to microsoft as they have the chance to make linux more popular with a chance / risk that it spills over to regular notebooks / desktops.
The problem is that there are figures out that suggesting that the majority of netbooks being returned are returned because they have Linux on them. Sad I know, but it's not a familiar experience for most consumers and they don't have the patience to learn - that's why companies like Samsung have come along and only offered Windows. I see it as an additional sale for Microsoft in a normal economy, not a lost sale at a higher price.
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