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NYT: HP-Apple represents major shift in industry

updated 02:25 pm EST, Fri January 9, 2004

HP-Apple changes industry

HP says it will work on between the Apple and Microsoft worlds, following yesterday's HP-Apple agreement, which "points to a major realignment of forces within the computer industry....The agreement - which was completed only after an extensive bargaining session that ran long into Wednesday night between HP's Fiorina and Jobs - represents a significant departure for both companies. For the first time, Mr. Jobs has stepped away from the self-enclosed Apple-only strategy he has pursued since he returned to run the company in 1997," according to the NYT.

While both Dell and Microsoft took opportunities to say the agreement would hurt customers, HP said that it was probably better positioned than any other company: ""Customers want all this to work together and they want a seamless approach. We're very much going to make sure that the Microsoft and Apple worlds work together. That's part of the power we bring to this thing."




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    What? M$ and Dell say no?

    Big F@&$'n suprise. I'm very interested in this move. Time will tell.

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    Hurt who?

    "While both Dell and Microsoft took opportunities to say the agreement would hurt customers" Are they talking about thier own customers?

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    Jealou$y

    Ah, a whiff of Dell's jealousy. How many Dell DJ's have been sold, Dell? Three?

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    They forgot one thing

    HP made many of Apple's printers in the early and mid-90s. Before that it was Canon. They are just one big happy family.

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    dj

    i bought several thousand dell DJ players. I give 'em away just for kicks...

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    "dj"

    I'll take one of them if you have any left over! I cannot afford any iPod right now and would love to resell it on ebay so I can afford an iPod!

    :O)

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    I think this is Great!

    A good (Windows) partner in (anti)crime is something that can really help Apple. It can also help HP provide it's customers with great ease of use solutions like we have already. ++

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    Um ah, Microsoft?

    "Windows is about choice, you can mix and match all of this stuff," said David Fester, general manager of Microsoft's Windows digital media division. "We believe you should have the same choice when it comes to music services."

    He said that Hewlett would end up confusing its customers because the company has supported several other Microsoft media products that are not compatible with the iPod, including its Windows Media Center software, which Microsoft sees as the crucial digital hub in the home.

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    So Microsoft is all for choice, just the choice has to be Microsoft? It's going to confuse customers because they have both iTunes and WMC on their systems now?

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    MS Choice?

    That sounds scarily something like what the n**** would say to anyone to sway them to becoming a good little n***. We are in favor of choice, as long as you choose to be a good little n***. Ya, ya, ya-volt!, unt ve only vont you to have a choice. Ve don't vant you getting confuzed. I have to go and throw up on the nearest wintel machine, probably at BB or some other retailer I can't stand.

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    WMA

    how is the WMA format about choice? I guess you can play it on several 'players?'... crazy. No company with the dominance of Microsoft should ever critize consumer choices.

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