The Redmond based software giant, Microsoft, has a good hold on the market when it comes to computers, both desktops and laptops. But in the post PC market, eh. There are many players in the post PC market who do better than Microsoft. For example, Apple is doing very well in the tablet and smart phone market, and Samsung has become the top dog when it comes to Android based smart phones, but may not be for tablets.
Coming back to PCs, there are a number of Linux based operating systems on the rise, Ubuntu is on the top and being the operating system of choice for many people. The operating system was just introduced on smart phones as well. Microsoft may be a bit scared of what these Linux based operating system might do to the PC market, and servers as well. Microsoft offers the exact same thing that these offer, an operating system for both stand alone personal computers and servers.
Dell is one of the major partners that bring revenue to Microsoft. Dell puts the latest Windows operating system on its computers, thereby charging its customers for every such issue of the operating system sold, and in return paying to Microsoft. But lately, Dell and a few other original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have been releasing laptops with Linux based operating systems on them, which is bad for Microsoft.
So, the company decided to load Dell a good amount of money, $2 billion. This way, Microsoft is influencing the presence of itself on Dell hardware, again, both PCs and servers. This way, the alternative operating systems, which are based on Linux, will find fewer places in Dell’s hardware line. You may say that influencing one such OEM will not make a big difference. But when you are talking about the world’s third biggest PC manufacturer, it does make a difference. What do you think?