Source: The Verge
quote: they give it away for free, as that's the only compelling reason to choose their inferior offering
quote: I wonder how long before Microsoft is forced to give away Windows on the desktop for free, because nobody wants it any more? Probably sooner rather than later, if the failed OS's of the past few years are any indication, Vista, and now Eight.
quote: Is that why most Linux desktop distros are free? I guess that's still not compelling enough, since Linix desktop market share still struggles to surpass 2%. The only exception to the rule is Android. Based on your logic Android is also inferior.
quote: A push for Linux on the desktop has already been attempted. Netbooks were originally distributed solely with Linux distros.
quote: They were a commercial failure
quote: This is typical Microsoft strategy for entering new markets. They cannot compete based on innovation, as their competitors (Android and iOS) have years of lead-time. So they compete based on price. In Microsoft's case, they don't price it a little bit lower, they give it away for free, as that's the only compelling reason to choose their inferior offering, over the more mature Android and iOS offerings.