Microsoft joins anti-Apple coalition – IT Pro – News, excluding Xbox

It is no different, but people just like to stand together in a heap and be nice and angry at a single entity. Type of herd or tribal behavior. Obviously independent of whether or not it is based on facts …

What everyone tries to do is to create a case in which what they want should be able to do themselves, and that rules of someone else have to give way. That’s a bit crazy, but if there is no alternative, it makes sense again.

Now it is the case that the model of an Xbox and an iOS device is almost the same. And Chrome OS on a Chromebook isn’t much different. And if you want to compile and use a driver in Windows yourself, you also have to disable or bypass quite a lot of security. Sometimes it is different; eg in Oracle Linux with support contract; if you start tinkering with it yourself, you will not be stopped technically (a third party can do that too), but if Oracle knows that, your support will expire. No technical barrier, but a limitation on what you can do (because without support, that software simply cannot be used properly).

Apple makes good money on their stuff, and that’s not always nice when you know that as a supplier or customer; after all, in theory Apple’s margin could be smaller and your own bigger. But that’s theory; in practice, a user simply pays the same amount (the prices are not based on cost price on that scale, but on the basis of ‘what the fool is willing to pay’), but the margin just moves to another company . Suppose it was 30% Apple and 70% developer, then that 70% developer was really not pure profit; a large percentage goes to their own underlying infrastructure (be it development equipment or extra computing power for hosted services). However, you will not hear about that, and nobody publishes that either, because that is not interesting (then you suddenly have to chase thousands of companies to start nagging about margins and percentages). It’s much more fun to find a big bad capitalist and kick it.

All companies that are a little big and have been around for a long time are because they have found a way to make a lot more than what they spend or what it costs to keep things going. As long as it is a choice for the customer (and at what level does not matter), there is nothing wrong. Now they want to move the place where that choice is made. So first it was: don’t you want the device because you don’t like the policy? Then you don’t buy it. Now it should be: do you want the device but not the policy? Then you should be able to choose a different policy. The question is whether that is realistic if you want to keep delivering the same properties …

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