There is one very big reason why a consumer must almost demand to pay for apps.While I love the thought behind this thread, I have a question. If you offer something for free, knowing that its cost is not free, why isn't it legally defined as dumping?Just a thought...In the software world, eliminating competition is usually hidden in the term "bundling." Microsoft did that with Internet Explorer -- driving Netscape out of the browser business.This conversation turns on the word innovation. As software is enhanced over time, its feature base is increased. Developers see products from others and re-imagine them in their own product. It helps a core product like Windows improve but it kills small competitors because they never reach the ease of use that a single well-developed product offers.Google is testing Microsoft by offering operating systems to manufacturers for free. I'm using one as I write this on my Samsung notebook -- Chrome. If Google continues to dominate search, the profits from that may allow them to marginalize Microsoft operating system business. Some will see it as Microsoft getting its own medicine. Others will see it as a predatory business practice that eliminates competition.Such is life...W.D.
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