Does Microsoft favor businesses over consumers? Here's what users think

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Key notes

  • Reddit debate questions if Microsoft prioritizes businesses over consumers due to limited consumer options for Surface devices and Windows 11 Pro.
  • Commenters highlight Microsoft’s historical focus on business software and the predictability of business revenue compared to consumers.

A Reddit discussion debated Microsoft’s focus on businesses. The user cited limited consumer options for Surface devices and Windows 11 Pro as evidence.

Commenters offered various viewpoints. Some pointed out that Microsoft prioritizes profit by focusing on what brings them the most money. Others provided historical context, explaining how Microsoft entered the enterprise space early, making it a key profit driver.

Commenters offered a variety of perspectives. Some explained Microsoft’s focus on profit, highlighting that “they are a for profit corporation and doing what they think will make them the most money.”

Others provided historical context. One commenter traced Microsoft’s roots as a “computer hobbyists company” that entered the enterprise space through its deal with IBM. This, they argued, cemented “the enterprise has always been the primary profit center for Microsoft.”

The conversation then shifted to how tech giants make money, revealing the different business models of Microsoft (business software) and Apple (consumer hardware). Money played a role in the discussion, with business revenue being seen as more predictable. While focusing on Microsoft’s business approach, Xbox’s use of spare Azure capacity during off-peak hours offered a different perspective.

The user expanded the debate beyond devices, mentioning business-oriented software. However, another commenter countered with a list of Microsoft’s consumer-focused products. The discussion about Azure as an “anti-consumer” product showcased the issue’s complexity.