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China shows why Microsoft is screwed

by | 25th, January 2013

THERE been some recent whining from Microsoft about how they get to sell bugger all in China. As opposed to Apple who can’t make things fast enough. Some of this is of course because Microsoft sells software, something often ripped off in that lovely country. But there’s something else as well: and it’s a neat illustration of why Microsoft is, essentially, screwed .

China’s Internet population surges to 564 million, 75 percent on mobile

You don’t actually need any more of the story than that, the headline.

Ten years ago, heck, five, if you wanted to get online, if you wanted to do any form of computing at all really, you had to use a PC. Sure, you could get the Apple one, you might use a thin client on the company network, but these were fractions of the market. Having “a computer” basically meant sending Redmond the £30 or whatever for Windows and as often as not, another £50 or whatever for Office. Those are the prices the PC makers paid of course, not what you or I would retail.

It was a very lovely little monopoly and one that made Bill

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