Another Reason To Hate Microsoft.
As a result, three Chinese PC manufacturers announced plans to buy a total of over $400 million worth of Microsoft Windows operating system software over the next three years and Lenovo Group Ltd., China's largest PC maker, is expected to announce a similar deal on Monday, organizers said.
Wow, MS will have a substantial rise in profits and income not because people are freely choosing their product but because they are being forced to accept it. They are not being forced by product quality, product value, or well reasoned persuasion but by the barrel of a gun.
To be fair, the Chinese PC purchaser can take their PC home and close the gate on Gates by replacing Windows with their favorite OS (e.g. Slackware Linux) but they still have surrendered treasure to the Gateses. Of course few will choose that path.
BTW, Slackware is obtainable for under $50/distribution or free for the download. It comes with a huge amount of software bundled in.