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China Should Buy Microsoft's Patent to Windows 7 Start Button   [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2012-11-10 13:27:12 |Display all floors
I think one really good idea of Microsoft was the Start button on the bottom left corner of Windows 7.  But, Microsoft has abandoned it with Windows 8.  The whole world is very upset about this and would pay a company that would offer an operating system that would include such a button.   

Since Microsoft no longer uses the Start button, China can buy the patent for it from Microsoft and incorporate it in China's own domestically created operating system.  China can make 1.2 trillion dollars selling this operating system to the whole world!  

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Post time 2012-11-10 14:50:27 |Display all floors
What an innovation!!!  First you have the start... then you have the button.
Who would have ever thought of combing the two. Absolute genius!!!
No wonder the west is such a power house in creativity, not to mention "intellectual property".
If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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Post time 2012-11-10 15:26:37 |Display all floors
robert237 Post time: 2012-11-10 14:50
What an innovation!!!  First you have the start... then you have the button.
Who would have ever tho ...

The start button is only part of the menu system, silly cracker

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Post time 2012-11-14 21:34:38 |Display all floors
Kbay Post time: 2012-11-10 18:20
My boss is still using Windows 98 in the office.
It seems to be working very well.

China can be the new world provider of operating systems.

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Post time 2012-12-26 00:16:29 |Display all floors
Japan should buy it and build a better operating system.  China is a manufacturer, not a country of thinking souls who can invent, dream, and think for themselves.

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Post time 2012-12-26 01:00:51 |Display all floors
This post was edited by 29042012 at 2012-12-26 01:01

And do not forget to make some provisions for the censors to intrude through your operating system with Chinese characteristics,

It is indeed very practical that the party is  judge, legislator, head of the army, executor  and  publisher  all in one in China.

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Post time 2012-12-26 02:25:50 |Display all floors
I doubt that there ever was a patent on the start button - western authorities are much more restrictive in handing out patents than Chinese ones, so you can't compare the two legal systems. And if there was, the patent would be long out of date - the start button was introduced in Microsoft's Windows 95 and patents only protect your innovation for 10 years.

However, China could buy Microsoft - I bet when consumers are disappointed enough with Windows 8, Microsoft stocks will be rather cheap for China to buy.

Nevertheless, I don't think that the Chinese government should become more economically active - in contrary, China should rather take care that the government reduces monopolies, sells shares in SOEs, hands out FOREX reserves to the people, implements a functioning market for land (instead of only selling the right for a given piece of land for a given time) and introduce a more efficient and compulsive tax system with less loopholes. But that approach of course only considers economic success - it doesn't consider soft factors like national pride or nation building and omits the aspects of maintaining harmony and stability, which were crucial for China's rise in the past decades.

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