Google Poised to Strike at Microsoft Windows Price-Gouge

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Microsoft plans to make life difficult for manufacturers who want to put the seventh version of Windows on mobile devices.

According to online reports, manufacturers who opt to use Windows 7 as the native OS for a mobile device will only receive a "starter edition" that won't be able to play DVDs and will lack many customization options. For example, users won't even be able to change the color scheme of the devices. In addition, the starter edition of the OS will lack many other interface options seen in the full version of Windows 7.

On top of that, these limitations will apply to desktop versions of the new OS, too. Tech analyst Cliff Edwards suggested that in these harsh economic times, Windows was looking for a way to squeeze more money out of its latest OS.

"The standoff points to a broader problem in the tech industry," he wrote for ZDNet. "The number of PCs sold each year is flattening, and the average selling price is falling fast. That leaves Microsoft, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, and Dell, which once shared profits from a fast-growing market, fighting harder for every dollar."

Microsoft is fighting to the tune of $50 for the starter edition of Windows 7, which is about three times as much as the cheapest full version of the OS available now.

Concurrent with this money-grubbing is Google's Android OS, heretofore a mobile OS. Tech pundit Farhad Manjoo of Slate.com pointed out that Google has been promoting Android as an alternative OS for netbooks — small, portable and easy-to-afford computers.

But more than that, Manjoo pointed toward a future where Android could become a competitor to Microsoft Windows on desktops as well.

"Android offers a user-interface well-suited to machines with limited power that are constantly online," he said. "Unlike Windows, Android will run only programs that you get from a centralized location—Android's App Marketplace, which lists programs that have been deemed safe by Google. This makes your system less susceptible to malware, which is important on a machine that has so little processing power to begin with."

Google has dabbled with virtual hard drives before, and pursuing a course of action that would move the world closer to a fully remote OS would be in line with most of their core philosophy.

Microsoft Windows 7 is tentative set to release in October.

Related:  

Copyright © 2024 Adnet Media. All Rights Reserved. XBIZ is a trademark of Adnet Media.
Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission is prohibited.

More News

Court Orders xHamster to Remove Dutch Amateur Content

An Amsterdam appeals court upheld a lower court decision ordering xHamster to remove all footage featuring Dutch people who have not given explicit permission for their images to be posted.

Dutch Platform DM-Movies Rebrands as MelodyPleasure.com

Industry veterans Melody Pleasure and Cheffie Shot have rebranded Dutch platform DM-Movies.com into MelodyPleasure.com.

Mymember.site Unveils New Order Management System for Sales

Mymember.site has released a new order management system designed to streamline and simplify how creators manage incoming orders for digital and physical products.

European Commission Compels Pornhub, XVideos, Stripchat to Disclose DSA Compliance Data

The European Commission has singled out Pornhub, XVideos and Stripchat for enforcement of the Digital Services Act (DSA), giving them until July 4 to provide compliance information.

X's Clarification of Adult Content Policy Triggers International Confusion

X’s recent clarification of its adult content policies has created confusion in countries with strict anti-porn laws, such as Indonesia, especially considering that X owner Elon Musk has stated that the limits of his “free speech absolutism” for the platform formerly known as Twitter are the laws of each country.

2024 AltStar Awards Winners Announced

Winners of the 2024 AltStar Awards, presented by Bad Dragon, were revealed during an in-person ceremony in Las Vegas on Sunday, June 9.

Strike 3 Expands Copyright Litigation Strategy to Hawaii

Strike 3 Holdings, the copyright holder for the Vixen Media Group brands, has partnered with a Hawaiian law firm to expand its persistent strategy of filing multiple infringement lawsuits in federal court against unidentified downloaders.

Industry Watch: Legal Eagles Assess Turbulence Across the Landscape

Halfway through 2024, and that old adult industry adage is once again confirmed: If it’s an election year in the U.S. — particularly a presidential election year — there will most certainly be a big spike in anti-porn campaigns by politicians seeking to score easy culture war “wins.”

FSC, Industry Stakeholders File Lawsuit to Halt Indiana's Age Verification Law

Free Speech Coalition (FSC) and several industry stakeholders filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on Monday, aiming to block the state’s age verification law.

LiveJasmin Marks 2nd Annual 'International Cam Model Day'

LiveJasmin is marking its second annual International Cam Model Day on June 15.

Show More