, cbae wrote

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If Apple allowed OSX to be installed on non-Apple hardware, you'd have dozens of OEMs producing OSX-based machines to compete against Apple. As long as Microsoft allows you to sell hardware with Windows installed on it by merely paying a licensing fee, you're going to have hardware companies selling Windows-based hardware regardless of what Microsoft does.

I've heard that Microsoft charges $99 to the OEMs for Windows 8, and being closely tied, Microsoft can charge themselves a lot less. So, the OEMs can never compete with Microsoft on price irregardless how high they raise the price.