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Windows 7: Bill Gates becomes world’s richest person again

05 Jan 2014   #31
indianacarnie

 

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BUT, if not for Microsoft the majority of us would not have these wonderful machines to work and play with...
I doubt that very much. At the heart of personal computing was developments in semiconductor technology. The Intel 8088 would have happened and someone would have run with it. IBM played with the PC and gave MS their big opportunity. Unfortunately IBM were still focused on mainframes but someone would have seen the opportunity to build an OS for PCs based around new CPU developments.
O.K. so I was wrong about this and everything else I've said in here tonight. Sorry I've been wastng everyones time.


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05 Jan 2014   #32
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

You misunderstand me, I am agreeing with you. I wasn't saying it's doable now. I'm saying it's possible. If you visit 7F, it's no different for me to visit. Since a software could be downloaded just as easily by either of us, it shouldn't cost more because you live where you do (I understand it does). It's a contrivance of the sellers (and governments). It may have had some merit when everything was purchased locally at a brick and mortar, but with the internet, there need be no such boundaries. A Guy

P.S. Some of you are sure touchy tonight! That's the 3rd time tonight I've seen someone say "I was wrong, sorry to waste your time". I don't see anyone saying you were wasting your time. And your opinions are valid, even if others disagree.
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05 Jan 2014   #33
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I'm agreeing with you too Scott.
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05 Jan 2014   #34
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

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Ever hear of MS/DOS? That's Microsoft Disk Operating System,
I remember it well. It came on a 5 1/4" 360KB floppy disk. It was the OS for my first PC clone (clones of the more expensive IBM PCs were common back then). This cost me ~$3000!! in dollars of the day but then I opted for a massive 20MB hard drive.
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05 Jan 2014   #35
jadinolf

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Must be wonderful.
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05 Jan 2014   #36
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

This problem Down Under with pricing is confusing.
I have no proof but it smells to me like the in country business and government with rules, regulation, laws, taxes, tariffs (Or what ever they want to call them) are trying to protect the in country businesses.
The businesses and the government want their citizens to buy in country (locally) and are doing what ever they can to make that happen.
It's hard for me to believe huge global companies got together and decided to stick it to one huge market; Australia.
It cost Microsoft no more to download a operating system to Australia then it would me in Ohio unless their is a middle man getting a piece of the action, (governments).
Shipping hardware all over the world has it cost but many countries have imposed laws ect. that add a cost and that cost is transfered to the consumer.
I do believe that people that live in the E.U. can verify that.

Why would a car made in the E.U. cost more in the E.U. than it does in the U.S.A.? Answer Governments.

Many countries have free schooling, health care, colleges and universities and many other things. How does anybody think this is paid for. Through taxing methods on other things.
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05 Jan 2014   #37
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
This problem Down Under with pricing is confusing.
I have no proof but it smells to me like the in country business and government with rules, regulation, laws, taxes, tariffs (Or what ever they want to call them) are trying to protect the in country businesses.
No. It has nothing to do with the Government apart from their inability to clamp down on price gouging. This is why they called in Apple, Adobe and MS to a Parliamentary inquiry about pricing prompted by local business complaints.
If I buy software online, the Australian government doesn't charge anything. There is no tariff protection etc etc.

I really have had my say and wish to leave it at that.
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06 Jan 2014   #38
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
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Ever hear of MS/DOS? That's Microsoft Disk Operating System,
I remember it well. It came on a 5 1/4" 360KB floppy disk. It was the OS for my first PC clone (clones of the more expensive IBM PCs were common back then). This cost me ~$3000!! in dollars of the day but then I opted for a massive 20MB hard drive.
Yeah, I remember many ads for "IBM Clone' computers.
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06 Jan 2014   #39
archer

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates has recaptured the title of world’s richest person with estimated fortune of $78.5 billion.
The 58-year-old tycoon’s fortune increased by $15.8 billion last year, according to the index, as shares of Microsoft, the world’s largest software maker, rose 40 per cent.
Gates regained top spot from Mexican investor Carlos Slim, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a daily ranking of the world’s 300 wealthiest individuals.
Gates’s fortune has also benefited from a rally in stock holdings that include the Canadian National Railway and sanitising products maker Ecolab, which rose 34 per cent and 45 per cent respectively.
Article

OMG!
Does it mean, I loose my title now? NOOOOOOOOOO.....

I lost
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06 Jan 2014   #40
richnrockville

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

FWIW: Ms dos for the ibmpc came on a 160K single sided floppy.

Otherwise I agree with everyone here on any subject or side of a question.

Rich
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