The Netbook is Microsoft’s Big Bad Wolf

February 22, 2009 at 11:41 am Leave a comment

A lot of interesting blog posts have been making the point that netbooks are actually the biggest threat to Microsoft’s software dominance.  The idea is that the combination of Moore’s law and cloud services is eliminating the need for expensive hardware, at least for your average user.  Once you start selling computers in the sub-250 range, it doesn’t make much sense to spend a hundred dollars on Windows.

This is an interesting take, and one that I think makes a lot of sense.  I haven’t actually purchased a netbook yet, but have been looking at them and would probably buy one today if the price was right.  There seems to be a push by manufacturers to make them more capable by adding processing power, larger hard drives, etc. but I think this is the wrong move.  They should be pushing for lower costs and make these truly impulse buy computers.  Of course, given the razor thin margins on such low cost computers, the OEMs can’t be looking forward to that.  But given the relentless march of silicon manufacturing, by the end of the year, we should see prices dropping again.

I also like the emerging of Android as a netbook OS.  Android is designed from the ground up to run on resource constrained devices so should have some snappy performance.  And it will run on ARM processors which should result in some pretty sweet battery life.  Its also a linux based OS with a major tech company (google) behind it.  Should make for a fun time to be a consumer.

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Entry filed under: android, linux, netbook.

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