[Bug 1] Re: Microsoft has a majority market share

Evan ebuswell at gmail.com
Sun Oct 19 01:00:34 UTC 2008

I have a friend who is a very bright but nontechnical user.  She is
scared of Windows update because it occasionally very slightly alters
the way her computer works.  She consequently didn't install any updates
until I pointed out that in addition to these very slight tweaks, it
also theoretically would make her computer stop misbehaving.  In MS-
Land, that's only theory, and the frustration makes her care very little
about making any changes at all.  She knows from experience that no
change to her computer has actually been for the better.  But here, we
have the potential to turn that theoretical improved reliability into
actual improved reliability.

This is not a usual opinion, but I think the single biggest draw we can
ever have for regular users is Stability and Predictability.  5 years
ago, no one was mentioning that because (1) nothing ever crashed, and
(2) we practiced specification- / documentation-driven programming.
However, in our rush to beat MS, this "nothing ever crashed" has
degraded to an "almost nothing ever crashes"; the specification driven
programming has degraded into a innovate-innovate-innovate model.  We
need to hold on to our roots.

My point is: don't lose sight of our strengths in trying to work on our

Microsoft has a majority market share
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