Mike Ryan Posted May 29, 2008 Share Posted May 29, 2008 [imgflt=Right]http://www.istartedsomething.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/zinc.jpg[/imgflt]As some of you may (or may not) know, I love looking at concepts for different User Interfaces, models of next generation PCs, and other hardware related design factors. Then I came across some interesting supposed Microsoft hardware designs. Granted that these are about six months old, they still brought up an interesting question: do you think Microsoft should abondon OEMs? If so, what would be the benefits and contrasts of a hardware controlled market? ---------------------------- I personally believe that if Microsoft were to dump OEMs and begin producing their own hardware, there would be two major benefits: A) Every Microsoft OS afterwords would have the same stability as a Mac due to controlled hardware, and Microsoft could begin placing more focus on user interface changes and revolutionize the once so perfect Windows experience. As well, it would be interesting to see how the multi touch interface that Microsoft is working so diligently on for Surface would be integrated into their own hardware. For instance, if everyone could simply place their credit/ debit card onto their computer monitor to create a PayPal transaction would this not be a major step in home computing and refreshen online shopping? Or if one could easily place their Zune right next to their PC, have their PC recognize it, and begin transfering music, could that not be the final blow to the iPod? Another interesting thought that came to me is this: if Microsoft begins producing hardware, then obviously the first round would be mistake heavy, but everybody learns from their mistakes. Hardware like the Xbox 360 could even benefit from such a sudden move as everything turned 'stable' and further integration between hardware such as the 360 could lead to some amazing breakthroughs in usability and could cause other consoles like the Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii to rot. Now sure, some may say 'What about the OEMs!?'. Is it not obvious? The world of OEMs would eventually have to turn to the userbase themselves and pick up Linux distrobutions. Hopefully many of you readers understand that nothing is more stable then Linux on the proper machine. And then if Linux distrobutions became the main OS for OEMs the price of PCs would drop at least two hundred. If you dont believe me, get on Dell and compare the prices between the models that are shipped with either Ubuntu or Vista. In the end, why would it not be a Win-Win-Win situation? With the designs I linked to at the top, it may even be possible that the entirety of Mac hardware would finally lay victim to Microsoft. All in all, I think it would lead to a stable world, one in which things would 'just work' where everyone gets their own way. Then again, this is just my opinion, so what is yours? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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