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Old 09-05-08, 06:14 PM   #1
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So did Microsoft ever have an original idea of its own, ever?

You do have do wonder about that.
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Old 09-05-08, 06:19 PM   #2
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do they answer in an Indian accent too?
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It's not like they don't have the money to buy ideas.
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Old 09-05-08, 06:41 PM   #4
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was the 'sell your customers beta products' Microsoft's idea?
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was the 'sell your customers beta products' Microsoft's idea?
In all fairness that is the Software Industry Credo.
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I thought they learned it from the Japanese.
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Originality doesn't make you billions. Monopoly makes you billions.
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True, but rarely do you get the chance to be a monopoly without first having originality...
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Microsoft pulled it off.
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I thought they learned it from the Japanese.
Japanese don't really invent anything on their own per say.
Some white chap invents something, and the Japanese make it 100 times better.
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I believe Microsoft invented that original licensing scheme they forced on the PC manufacturers.
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True, but rarely do you get the chance to be a monopoly without first having originality...
Not true, standard acquisition and merger to control market share doesn't require originality, just enough backers (which can include the owner) to finance the proceeding. Very successful for commodity market and markets with highly elastic demands if the owner has total control over supply.

Examples.

Arcelor-Mittal.
China National Petroleum Corporation.
DeBeers.
Itera.
OPEC.
Richard Branson.
Walmart.

And of course, Microsoft.
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