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    General Motors verses Microsoft :)

    I read this years ago, but it's humorous...

    At a recent computer exposition (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the
    computer industry with the auto industry and stated "If General Motors had
    kept up with the technology like the computer industry has, we would all be
    driving $25 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon."

    In response to Bill's comments, GM issued a press release stating: If
    General Motors had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be
    driving cars with the following characteristics:
    1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice a day.
    2. Every time the lines in the road were repainted, you would have to buy a
    new car.
    3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would
    have to pull over to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off
    the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For
    some reason, you would simply accept this.
    4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your
    car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to
    reinstall the engine.
    5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable,
    five times as fast and twice as easy to drive-but would run on only five
    percent of the roads.
    6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be
    replaced by a single General Protection Fault warning light.
    7. The airbag system would ask "Are you sure?" before deploying.
    8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and
    refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned
    the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.
    9. Every time GM introduced a new car, car buyers would have to learn to
    drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same
    manner as the old car.
    10. You'd have to press the Start button to turn the engine off.

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    Re: General Motors verses Microsoft :)

    Thats a great article! I like the Macintosh car exammple. I'm sure that BIll didn't do any more GM comparisons after he read this.

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    Re: General Motors verses Microsoft :)

    You missed the fact that Microsoft has quietly offshored its service centers, new development and R&D....the roads must be better in India and China but the prices won't drop here. Its those pesky "bonuses" you've heard so much about and the fluent broken English you hear when you call their service centers that burns my britches.

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    Re: General Motors verses Microsoft :)

    GM's new SUV entry this year The Equinox is made entirely in China, and Republics there of, shipped to Canada for assembly and sold as an American vehicle. Go figure.
    Got the info from a GM employee who lives next door. I wonder if Microsoft had anything to do with it?
    Styxx

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    Re: General Motors verses Microsoft :)

    Greed, and the desire to make even more money is why all this is taking place. It's been going on as far back as the Bible days, and most likely will continue. We just have to laugh at it and make wise choices.
    DP

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    Re: General Motors verses Microsoft :)

    Quote Originally Posted by provette82
    You missed the fact that Microsoft has quietly offshored its service centers, new development and R&D....the roads must be better in India and China but the prices won't drop here. Its those pesky "bonuses" you've heard so much about and the fluent broken English you hear when you call their service centers that burns my britches.

    "P"
    No one has missed any facts, as the one's quoted are erroneous. Currently, only about 10% of Microsoft's PSS Group is outsourced to India and MS has absolutely NO support centers in China. There are three in the US: Charlotte NC, Irving Tx, Redmond WA, with Irving, TX being the largest.

    The India thingy is the great experiment to see if Product Support is truly cheaper offshore.

    As it stood recently, PSS is the ONLY division of MS that has ANY resources in India.

    Nearly all Product Development is done in-house in Redmond and some other cities throughout the US.

    Please don't spread rumors as fact.

    Stevemitchell

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    Re: General Motors verses Microsoft :)

    The reports I've read of late say that outsourcing really isn't as much of a burden on the current economic situation as much as the productivity to workforce index. Productivity increased due to technological advances and thusly jobs are replaced by more effecient means of producing goods. I think its just going to take time for new and exciting products to enter the market to create new jobs. I am trying to be very optimistic about all this offshoring since it has greatly impacted the current state of affairs here in South Carolina. More than 5,000 jobs lost last year in the manufacturing field.

    I would assume that one reason offshoring can turn into a good thing is that it increases world wide wealth in a way that turns people that once could not afford the majority of US domestic products into consumers since they will need to spend their newly acquired income on goods. This inversely creates new manufacturing jobs in America to keep up with demand. At least that's what I hope happens.

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