Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 16th Dec 2006 16:56 UTC, submitted by Governa
OSNews, Generic OSes eWeek's Peter Coffee has compiled his idea of the 25 killer applications of all time. "Microsoft's Vista has widely inspired the 'Why do I need that?' question, which past 'killer applications' have answered in different ways for different platforms during three decades of personal computing."
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RE[2]: Good overview
by zztaz on Sat 16th Dec 2006 18:30 UTC in reply to "RE: Good overview"
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A killer app is one that drives people to upgrade or switch platforms. It's a measure of impact, not quality.

People switched from older systems to IBM PC compatibles because they wanted to run Turbo Pascal. Borland C was wildly popular for people who were already using DOS or Windows. Few people bought new computers so that they could run Borland C; decent C compilers were available for whatever platform they already had. But they did switch to DOS so they could run Turbo Pascal.

No one switches to Windows as a development platform because of Microsoft's development tools. They switch to Windows as a development platform because they are developing for Windows. That's not a slam on Visual Studio, just an observation that Windows drives the use of VS, rather than VS driving the use of Windows.

That's also why WordStar and Word for Windows are on the list, and WordPerfect and Word 6 aren't. Both WordStar and Word for Windows drove adoption of the platforms that they ran on. WordPerfect and Word 6 were arguably better, but they replaced other products on the same platform. Great apps, not killer apps.

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