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Win-Hardware

This is stuff that is only designed to work with windows, irrelevant of if it needs to be, usually because they have not thought that it could be used outside of the windows only paradigm, or as a cost saving measure. A good example of this is a sat-nav needing windows to update it's maps.

There are a number of notable examples, most of which are having difficulties as customers become more aware of the problems.

Examples include:

  1. Win-modems - becoming obsolete due to broadband and free Wi-Fi
  2. Win-printers - becoming obsolete due to heterogeneous networks with Apple, Linux and Windows machines all needing to share the printer
  3. Win video cards - becoming obsolete as open standards become more important
  4. win-bios on motherboards - needs to be obsolete as people desire the option of installing Linux later on