2 October 2006

Tesco to Start Selling Computer Softwares

Softwares has always been the the only item limiting the capabilities of a computer user, In Malaysia you can get a desktop for as cheap as RM1,000 (USD277) but the software itself can easily cost more then the desktop computer.

A copy of Window XP Home eom will cost RM300, Microsoft Office basic oem cost RM600 each copy, these 2 software already cost around RM1k, not to mention other types of software like adobe photoshop, autocad, macromedia flash, audio editor, video editor etc etc etc ... if you have all that put together it will easily come to the region of RM10k-15k depending on what kinda software you would required. RM15k you know?!! dont say students la! Adults also .... how many working adults got RM15k to spend on softwares wan??!!

If your desktop cost you RM1k, then the cost of getting all the softwares you required would be 10 to 15 times more than your hardware which is, kinda ridicolous if you ask me. Software is like photocopy machine ... you make 1 set then the rest u just copy copy copy copy copy .... how could something like that cost more than the hardware itself???!!! abit kenot accept right anot?
Now Retail giant TESCO is moving into the software market, which is good news to us because we can expect to see cheaper software instead of the cut throat price we are paying for it now.

Hopefully this would revolutionised and reset the price of softwares in the future and save us consumers tonnes of money.

Tesco moves into software market
Source : BBC

Tesco is to launch a range of budget own-brand PC software, in a move that will pitch the grocery giant against the likes of Microsoft and Symantec.

Tesco said it would offer six packages, including office software, security systems and a photo editing tool.

Britain's biggest retailer said each title would cost less than £20, challenging what it described as the current "high" price of PC software.

Tesco has been pushing aggressively into the market for non-food goods.

In August, the firm announced it was launching a new home shopping service for a range of 8,000 items including sofas, bikes, golf clubs and cameras - taking the supermarket into direct competition with retailers such as Argos.

Analysts expect Tesco to announce half-year profits later this week of more than £1bn.

More choice

Tesco said its own-brand software range, which will also include a CD/DVD burning tool, would be available in 100 of its stores from later in October.

The supermarket group said it had developed the range of titles with software firm Formjet.

"When it comes to software there is little choice and prices are high," said Tesco buyer Daniel Cook.

"Our new range of software changes this, bringing choice and value to the market that has offered little of either for too long."

Biggest player

UK's computer software market is currently worth about £8.5bn, according to Tesco.

The software and home shopping services are the latest in a growing list of non-food products offered by Tesco, which also includes finance and insurance packages and phone and broadband services.

Tesco's successful move into retail areas not previously associated with supermarkets has helped the firm hold on to its position as Britain's dominant retailer.

The latest data published last month by market retail analysts TNS Worldpanel showed that Tesco had a 31.4% share of the UK grocery market, followed by Asda with a 16.4% and Sainsbury's with 15.9%.

Hopefully Tesco Malaysia will fast fast follow Tesco UK ia footstep and fast fast start selling software!!!

But if you are looking for Free legal softwares, try my sidebar under the heading "FREE SOFTWARES" those are either freewares or Open source programs, meant for poor people like myself of coz.


  1. good wor... next time we all using Tesco XP instead of Windows XP? kekeke.

  2. **laughing at Kenny's comment*

    I guess it takes more than a good product to make it happen. Just look at Msoft. Their software sucks and yet they are the most used OS. I too hope things are happening for Tesco. I guess Malaysians are too lazy to master open source.


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