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DoJ data reveals Intel and Microsoft's slices of PC cake

The amount of money Microsoft and Intel get per PC has been increasing -- and even more so as a percentage of price

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A document recently released by the court [GX439] shows that both Microsoft and Intel have been steadily getting a higher and higher proportion of the cost of a system. Microsoft's operating system cost has increased 2.6 times, and Intel's share of systems' cost increased 2.2 times, over the period 1990 to 1996. Microsoft must be concerned at the exposure of such internal data, and wish that the data disclosed in DoJ exhibits had been kept confidential, especially as Microsoft's PR line is that it has reduced prices. With all the ire being directed at Microsoft at the moment, it is worth bearing in mind that Intel's share of systems' cost is considerably greater. ® How the price has climbedComplete Register trial coverage

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