Or because computers are basically Windows or Apple, and damned few people are going to throw out their Windows computers and start buying Apple computers because Microsoft won't stop giving money to Josh Hawley, et al.
6. Why does a top @Microsoft executive feel comfortable saying this kind of stuff out loud? Because corporations have been able to get away with it for so long— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) January 23, 2021
But things are changing
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In the old days if you didn't like Henry Ford you could buy a GM product or a Chrysler; or even go over to American Motors. Despite the uproar in the '70's because people bought the marketing that a Buick engine was not a Chevy engine was not an Oldsmobile engine (my father was quite irate to find out GM was putting the same engine in so many branded vehicles. I figured "Aren't they all GM engines?"), cars were (are, as Paul Simon sang) cars. Hotels, for example (hello, Loew's!) are hotels, too. But computers are hardware; except without software, they're expensive doorstops. Cars just need gas, which you can get from any vendor. Even search engines and social media platforms are interchangeable.
2. In a transcript of the meeting leaked to CNBC, Smith said that @Microsoft needs to make contributions to politicians because sending these politicians money allows him to "pick up the phone" and get "help" https://t.co/wejwhsPVUW— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) January 23, 2021