In this case, “naked” PCs are computers sold without a preinstalled operating system; ostensibly, a user would then install Linux or a BSD or some other operating system besides the latest Windows. A system with Windows preinstalled is more expensive, to cover the cost of the software.

Surprising no one, Microsoft is unhappy.

“We want to urge all system builders — indeed, all Partners — not to supply naked PCs. It is a risk to your customers and a risk to your business — with specifically 5 percent fewer opportunities to market software and services,” wrote [Michala Alexander, Microsoft’s head of anti-piracy].

Oh noes, Microsoft might lose its entrenched market dominance once it doesn’t have an iron grip on PC-makers! And they can’t preinstall the machines with six-billion crippled programs that make a computer run like shit out of the box! Whatever shall we do?

§1079 · April 5, 2006 · Tags: , , ·

2 Comments to “Microsoft decries ‘naked’ PCs”

  1. rob says:

    It’s not like this would have any impact on Microsoft’s market share at all. The only people who would buy “naked” PCs would be people who want to install alternative operating systems; those people probably build their own PCs at the moment – I mean, they obviously don’t buy a Dell and not use the copy of Windows that comes with it – and thus Microsoft don’t lose out.

  2. Ben says:

    Taken broadly, though, MS might see it as a changing tide. Given how hard they’ve been fighting lately to stem the popularity of alternative OSs, this doesn’t surprise me.

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