1. Hornet21 says:

    I don’t get it.

  2. sargasso says:

    All great things, come from small beginnings.

  3. Troublemaker says:

    sargasso said, on November 28th, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    All great things, come from small beginnings.

    What does that have to do with Microsoft?

  4. FRAGaLOT says:

    $99 sounds like a bargain now a days.

  5. Jeanne says:

    The story behind why you couldn’t use this offer in Nebraska.

    It has something to do with the original Ma Bell, 1-800 #s, and the Strategic Air Command in Omaha.

  6. Riker17 says:

    #5 – The link gave me an error, could you please just spell out why this offer is not valid in NE? I just don’t get it.

    BTW, Ballmer is as much an ass today as he is in this video.

  7. jstephe says:

    OK so Windows backin the 80s was $99 for low power computers costing thousands of $$$ but now in 2009, Windows starts at $200+ for computers costing $300, something just doesn’t add up, and OS X at $29 is cheaper than windows 1.

  8. honeyman says:

    Help. My eyes and ears are bleeding.

  9. FRAGaLOT says:

    actually I thought OS X was only $30 if it’s an upgrade?

  10. Somebody_Else says:

    @ #7:
    $200? The home premium version is $100, and if you get it with your computer or buy the upgrade variant the actual cost is in the $50-75 range. Even the Professional version with support for domains and the built-in XP license/virtual machine is only $140 new.

    Not bad for a piece of software you’ll use every day for a couple years. As you can see in the video, Microsoft clearly didn’t achieve dominance because of their marketing skills. 🙂

  11. Animby says:

    # 7 jstephe said, “OS X at $29 is cheaper than windows 1.” Not really. You gotta buy and Apple computer first. Now let’s see, I can buy an Apple Mac for $1200 or a Very well equipped Dell for $700. Now, how much would I save?

  12. Rick Cain says:

    What’s really sad is they had UNIX back then, and Bell Labs never thought “Hey, I could corner the market if I came out with a cheap version of UNIX for PC’s.”

  13. yanikinwaoz says:

    #5… thanks for that link. What a fascinating website. I love their “Laws and Formulas”.

  14. Mikey Twit says:

    You can hate Steve Jobs all you want, but he’s a hell of a smoother salesman that Ballmer’s loud and brash approach. Thank goodness Microsoft’s sales were based on the quality/value of their products, and not Ballmers’s personality, or else they would have gone bankrupt right away.

  15. Uncle Patso says:

    Was this one of MS’s joke videos they showed at their yearly sales meetings?

  16. billabong3453 says:

    Go google M$ sucks!

  17. msbpodcast says:

    Actually, that ad sort of sums up the hucksterism attitude that went into the original purchase of Windows.

    That’s also how, and why, Microsoft got into anti-competitive bundling of their product.

    Go anybody else!!!

  18. JimD says:

    Ballmer has ALWAYS BEEN A HUCKSTER !!! See the “Monkey Boy” Video for more !!!

  19. deowll says:

    Dude, this is ancient inside the company humor. That isn’t the way Ballmer ever dressed or acted except to do a farce video for inside the company that he and his friends could laugh at.

    Grow up.

  20. Jess Hurchist says:

    #12 – I seem to remember that IBM tried to put together an operating system based on CMS – which ran as a virtual machine on its mainframes (liked CMS as you could do just about anything to anything including editing object code with a bit of effort).
    If I remember right, and it was 30 years ago,
    ‘A’ was the console
    ‘B’ the card reader and
    ‘C’ the disk space – which would have been 1 or 2 megabytes –
    Always wondered if that was where DOS/Windows got its ‘C’ drive from.

  21. Rabble Rouser says:

    Uh, Animby, #11.

    Your MacBook will cost you $1000, or $700 for the Dell.

    Now, if you keep each machine 5 years, and do two O/S upgrades on each, the windows box would cost you an additional $400, and the Mac would cost you $60.

    Now which one is “less?”

  22. The Monster's Lawyer says:

    I couldn’t resist. I had to buy one. I didn’t have a checkbook handy so I just sent them the money.


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