How Microsoft Bought China

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-07-29 Print this article Print

Opinion: Microsoft's domination in China isn't due to any superiority of Windows. (

Some people seem to have a short circuit in their minds when they try to explain why Windows has such an enormous desktop market share. Some of them have the delusion that Windows is technically better than the competition. It never was. It isnt now. And, considering how Vista is staggering along, it never will be. Linux desktops may be marching in to the enterprise. Click here to read more.
No, Microsoft wins because it does whatever it needs to do to win.
If that means strong-arming the PC companies, so be it. If that means breaking the law, thats fine too. To quote Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson in his ruling against Microsoft in the U.S. versus Microsoft anti-trust case, "Microsoft paid vast sums of money, and renounced many millions more in lost revenue every year, in order to induce firms to take actions that would help enhance Internet Explorers share of browser usage at Navigators expense. ... In fact, Microsoft has expended wealth and foresworn opportunities to realize more in a manner and to an extent that can only represent a rational investment if its purpose was to perpetuate the applications barrier to entry." To read an eWEEK Labs review of Ubuntu 7.04, click here. That was in 2000. Fast-forward to 2007 and what do we find? Fortune reports that Windows is used on as many as 90 percent of Chinas 120 million PCs, because of piracy and because Microsofts own prices have dropped so low that a student can now buy a combination package of Windows and Office for $3. Read the full story on How Microsoft Bought China Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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