Quote: Originally Posted by Duke of Alinor
You have to remember what one of the prime directives for MS is to increase computer sales and IT department size.
I was installing Mac and PC when Win 95 came out. Our support for 95 was like 10X the Mac and the boss said that given the profit difference we would do no more Mac systems. There is money to be made or spent here, what side do you really want to be on?
Dual boot was a bit of a disaster... Seems Windows 7 has no problem messing with XP's permission to access things and promptly prevented me from writing to my backup drive... Even XP wouldn't access it... Not Good!
But you are right. There are --as always-- hidden agenda at work and bumping hardware sales and giving the geeks jobs is definately part of it.
It's like the switch to HDTV... they could have gradually phased it over, introducing dual mode TVs and then slowly phasing out the old analog ones, keeping both sets of transmitters active until most everyone was switched over... and we would have thanked them. Instead they set a date, made people buy a LOT of televisions, scrapping a LOT of perfectly good televisions that now inhabit landfills all over the world... and all in the name of selling television sets. (My family and I looked at this, saw it coming and said ... "Ok, well dump our old analog TVs... but we're not replacing them. So we've been a TV-less family for the past couple of years... and loving it!)
Microsoft --and the computer industry in general-- is not beyond such tactics and in fact the "Hardware compatibility tools" for XP, Vista and 7 were just that... a way to convince people to pay to have their machines upgraded or buy new computers, and quite often unnecessarily... I have an old 386 stuffed in a box someplace in the garage that runs XP Professional just fine.... So yes, there are market forces and profit grabs at work here as well.
If MS wanted to truly serve our best interests they would incrementally improve on the 2000 setup, moving it in small steps from it's origins to something very Windows 7 like... by releasing a series of paid updates... Want Aero? $49.95 and you got it... But no, they had to do this "leap in technology" thing that really amounts to an incredibly clever marketing tactic... Get a rock stable system out there, watch your profits nosedive; just like they did with XP. Introduce a piece of crap (Vista), let it piss people off... then ride in on your white stallion and it's Windows 7 to the rescue... People overlook (or don't know) how stable XP was and get all excited that MS has fixed the Vista problem.
Of course it's a marketing strategy... one enacted in years, not hours... It's kinda like Munchousens by Proxy for the digital world.... and you're right, it does work.