[Wolves] MS tightens the screw
peter at cannon-linux.co.uk
Fri Apr 7 09:45:41 BST 2006
On Thursday 06 April 2006 20:15, Shane M. Coughlan wrote:
> I believe that Microsoft would like nothing better than to be able to
> close people out of choosing alternative platforms. However, I doubt
> that they can legally get away with anything like that anymore,
> especially in the European market.
I'm not legally qualified and I doubt anyone on this list is either, to argue
the finer technical legal issues. However if a manufacturer says "look you
can become a reseller of my product but you can only sell my product" that
may be restrive practice but I would have thought the defense was "Look they
don't have to sell our product if they don't want".
The big mistake we all make is allowing situations to happen in the first
place, ultimately, its a reverse type of greed, I for one am very worried
about Dell not just from a business point of view, yes they are killing the
white box builders, but more importantly the market share they have.
It is exactly the same business strategy that Microsoft have. End users are
running around slapping each other on the back saying "Cor aren't I clever I
only paid 27p for this super server" yes you are clever, yes you did get it
cheaper, yes you got a bargain but! what happens in two or three years time
when the only choice you have or feel you have is Dell and they have put the
price up or put some other restriction in place to hopefully make you stay
with them? isn't that what a lot of businesses are saying about MS? "We don't
have a choice"
Both companies are doing, in my opinion the same thing, they know the vast
majority has their product, watch some television tonight see how many
programs have a Dell machine lurking around, they will both make sure nobody
else can muscle in.
> > Dell and HP are probably in the fortunate position to temporarily hold
> > off any potential pressure by MS but I bet if push came to shove we both
> > know the outcome.
> I think Dell are being exceptionally careful, but their move into Linux
> (for the second time) is significant. It really does present MS with a
True but at the moment Linux is only available on their servers. Evesham
computers had the same trouble a few years back when they started selling
Linux boxes they had to pull them for a while due to pressure but I believe
they are back on the shelves again now.
As a side note I had an interesting email yesterday, Red Hat are changing
their reseller policy as of April 2006, they now want full contact details on
the *true end user* so that, supposedly, they can command better customer
loyalty by "issuing renewal notifications and other vital services which you
as the supplier will benefit from"
Sounds a little like *Same sauce, different gravy* to me, or at least starting
to sound like it anyway.
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