Geek Speak “OEM” what does it mean?

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You see it all the time on software, what the heck does it mean?
Well thanks to Webopedia you FINALLY get the answer!:

“(pronounced as separate letters) Short for original equipment manufacturer, which is a misleading term for a company that has a special relationship with computer producers. OEMs are manufacturers who resell another company’s product under their own name and branding. While an OEM is similar to a VAR (value-added reseller), it refers specifically to the act of a company rebranding a product to its own name and offering its own warranty, support and licensing of the product. The term is really a misnomer because OEMs are not the original manufacturers; they are the customizers.”

(Via webopedia )



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2 responses to “Geek Speak “OEM” what does it mean?

  1. In the automotive industry, OEM refers to the big name brands such as Volvo, Ford, Toyota etc. This is something of a reversal of how it is looked at within the computer industry.

  2. Very interesting…I did not know that.

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