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Windows 8 Comes with a Tight Leash for OEMs - Microsoft Imposes Strict Restrictions

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    Windows 8 Comes with a Tight Leash for OEMs - Microsoft Imposes Strict Restrictions

    Microsoft is keeping original equipment manufacturers that want to pre-install Windows 8 on next generation Tablet PCs, or slates, as they’re referred to, on a very tight leash, too tight, one OEM representative says.

    J.T. Wang, Acer Chairman and Chief Executive Officer revealed that the restrictions that the Redmond company has imposed on computer manufacturers in order to get the next version of Windows on tablets are nothing short of troublesome.

    Wang refused to offer any additional information, or to go into details explaining just what kind of limitations Microsoft is imposing on OEMs.

    However, Acer’s CEO did stress that both chip and PC manufacturers feel like the software giant is attempting to control the entire process of putting Windows 8 on next generation form factors. Microsoft of course, provided no confirmation of this, now or in the past.

    Earlier this year, I opined that it’s absolutely necessary for Microsoft to keep OEMs on a very short leash, and ensure that upcoming Windows 8 Tablet PCs / slates are indeed capable of rivaling Apple’s iPad.

    Having confirmed that Windows vNext will support Systems on a Chip architectures and ARM systems, the Redmond company is expected to offer a special flavor of Windows 8 tailored to tablets.
    Source: Windows 8 Comes with a Tight Leash for OEMs - Microsoft Imposes Strict Restrictions - Softpedia

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    Windows 7

    This is actually a good thing. With Windows 7, because they imposed more restrictions, people were able to get a better experience with less crapware because of the regulations. I found that a past Vista Acer laptop of mine was so "tweaked" by Acer that some windows updates actually refused to install....

    Look at the computers in the Windows Store.
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    The last time I bought a machine (three years ago) it came with Vista and a boatload of "extra stuff" - my first move after setting it up was to go to Control Panel and Add/Remove Programs. I've since reloaded the machine with Win7 (clean installation). Small wonder a lot of folks prefer to build their own machines.

    Sadly, though, I do not expect the trend to change significantly.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Hmm, sounds like when Microsoft threatened OEMs over ending contracts if Netscape was installed....1990s anyone?
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    Vista and Win7

    Excellent. Who wants the Android chaos.
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