Ballmer Out of Touch on Vista Logos
Steve Ballmer defended himself, it seems, even more than his own company in
a class-action lawsuit over "Vista Capable" logos. Many consumers
are angry after buying a Vista Capable Computer (I call them VCCs) only to find
out it only ran lower-end versions of the OS. And sometimes, even that was a
he was out of the loop and not part of the logo decision. I believe him.
Heck, this guy is busier than Paris Hilton at an all-male revue! But Ballmer's
reasonable excuse doesn't excuse the misleading logo program itself. Consumers
and the fee-hungry lawyers (who'll get most of the award, anyway) are right
on this one.
I have a feeling Microsoft has learned a lesson on Vista and that, in fact,
Windows 7 will be far better. And if it is, the glorious economics that are
the PC market will continue to shine. Here's an example of those economics:
I'm willing to help buy Mac laptops for my kids Lauren, David and Nick, but
can't bring myself to shell out $1,100 for a low-end Mac lapper of my own. That's
Apple's problem, and the PC's Main Street, blue-collar, Joe Six-Pack advantage.
Are you impressed or blasé about the price to power ratio of today's
PCs. Vote yea or nay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Doug Barney on 10/08/2008 at 1:16 PM