Case in point: Windows XP.
Microsoft wants to sell Vista, no matter if its an appropriate product for the market. Netbook makers are forced to limit the power of their machines in order to bundle them with XP, or Microsoft won't sell it.
I cannot see how this makes sense on any level: They're actively discouraging their customers from buying the product they want. By some accounts the OEM price for Vista is lower than XP, so Microsoft is, in effect, demanding that the manufacturers pay less money for a product they don't want.
Check this out: Fudzilla lists the restrictions placed on OEMs wanting to sell XP:
- HDDs cannot be larger than 16GB (Flash) or 160GB (standard)
- No more than 1GB RAM
- No more than 1GHz CPU, except for a selected list
- 10.2" max screensize (depending on class)
From a business evolution perspective it was quite easy to see this coming: MS locks their customers up with strict requirements, as they always have. But how perverse is the result? They're now forcing a new segment of the market (netbooks) to cripple their machines, either with slow hardware, or an inappopriate OS (Vista).