Summary: Children are walking away from Microsoft based on a new report which downgrades Microsoft’s stock, so school teachers need to be used more effectively as state-funded PR agents whilst administration puts Windows on all school computers
A FEW days ago was the last time we wrote about Bill Gates hijacking the US education system (using his foundation). Even the Washington Post dared to warn about it, not just many other publications (books authors, journalists, et cetera). According to Chowdhry, who has just downgraded Microsoft, the monopolist is losing appeal among school children. Perhaps they need better ‘discipline’ in schools; perhaps they need to be told that Microsoft was founded by an angel, who will also be ‘donating’ Windows to schools so that pupils can be indoctrinated while they’re young. That’s what we’ve seen so far. To quote The Register:
“Our research is indicating that Microsoft is unable to connect with the new generation of users,” wrote Global Equities analyst Trip Chowdhry in a research note to his clients on Wednesday in which he downgraded his expectations for Redmond’s stock performance.
Pogson comments as follows
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It is consistent with what I see in schools. Young people are not as locked-in as their parents and teachers. They are willing to accept change for the better and they hate slow anything including PCs. In my community young people express this individuality/rebellion by switching to GNU/Linux rather than Macs. I expect that may be the global movement corresponding to what the analyst sees. If young people in North America had GNU/Linux on the shelves more of them would opt for GNU/Linux. In other places there are many entrepreneurs producing netbooks and smart-thingies that run GNU/Linux so the option is more easily taken elsewhere. In North America, most access to GNU/Linux is on the web where credit cards are needed for purchase and young people are less likely to have credit cards but Apple has North America covered pretty well with retail outlets.
Microsoft is of course relying on Gates to increase Microsoft dependence at schools. We covered this many times before and gave timely examples. Speaking of Gates, watch his friends the Huffingtons promoting him again [1, 2, 3] by giving him a blog (or giving his PR agents a blog to post on his behalf). Right now he is pushing his polio agenda. We wrote about this here; it’s not what he claims it to be and in Nigerian schools too Microsoft abuses PR methods to take over eudcation. █