Windows 8 could spark a low cost laptop battle

Avenue

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it doesnt help when you pay as much for the os as you do for the laptop
 

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it doesnt help when you pay as much for the os as you do for the laptop
I haven't seen a laptop sold without an OS for yeeeeaaars. It's safe to assume the price includes the OS, seeing as it's talking about the "price bracket".
 

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Not a MS fan, but will be happy to see prices drop - whatever the reason!
 

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Seeing=believing. M$ dropping prices would be pretty unprecedented. Their current revenue stream is 50% windows/office/enterprise, 30% Xbox, 25% patent trolling and 5% Nokia wp7 licensing
 

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just hope it's not another Win Me or Vista style approach, hopefully learnt their lesson by now, you'd think
 

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Im quite keen to pick up a cheap win8 laptop... or maybe i'll get a tablet rather.
 

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All I know is that I was Very annoyed the day they started selling all low-level laptops preloaded with Vista...
 

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I just wish we could get our hardware(especially laptops & netbooks) WITHOUT any bundled software(OS) & then choose what we want to install on it!
 

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The entire theory has a few _massive_ holes in it.

Operating systems aren't particularly useful on their own. You need applications. Windows has a massive ecosystem of those. Millions of them. And approximately zero of those will run on your nice new ARM notebook. They are all compiled for the x86 micro-architecture and won't run on ARM....not even with compatibility mode and fairy dust.

So essentially MS will have to convince people to buy an overpriced OS for which no software exists. It gets better: They'll have to compete against 2 tried and tested solutions that essentially do the same thing minus the problems: Windows on x86 and Android/Linux on ARM.

Another factor that these fine analysts keep getting wrong is ARM's price advantage: Its an illusion. Intel is king of the hill and charges a premium because they *can*. If Intel feels there is danger in their core market though, they'll drop the premium (temporarily). Then they a price advantage (or parity), a performance advantage and plain x86 inertia on their side. Good luck competing against that.
 

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Read somewhere that by 2015 all the people that are target market for tablets would have bought one.. guess that means most will ditch the laptops. Also, tablets are bound to get cheaper
 
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