The Cartel – Microsoft and your PC Vendor

Wonder how Microsoft and your PC Vendor work together to get you to upgrade your computer on a regular basis?

Forbes writes PC makers like Dell (nasdaq: DELL – news – people ), Hewlett-Packard (nyse: HPQ – news – people ) and Gateway (nyse: GTW – news – people ) would surely agree [that releasing a new version of Windows is important], as their survival depends upon convincing buyers there are new, compelling reasons to upgrade their PCs. By the time Longhorn is released, more than five years will have passed since the release of the last major version of Windows, Windows XP.