Linked by Adam S on Thu 21st Aug 2008 13:13 UTC
Windows Steven Sinofsky, who oversees Windows 7 development, has really committed to keeping us in the loop on the new Engineering Windows 7 blog. In today's post, "Measuring the Scale of a Release," he discusses whether or not Windows 7 will be a "major" or "minor" release. It's a pretty good piece that really makes some good points. Read on for our perspective.
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RE[4]: Comment by Hakime
by dagw on Fri 22nd Aug 2008 19:04 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Hakime"
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It's pretty stupid to pay loads of cash for something that isn't really of higher quality though.

That entirely depends. Even if two items are more or less of the same basic quality, one may be worth money to a person for all kinds of intangible reasons. A lot of people care about aesthetics and design for example and are willing to pay for things to look nice while it's being functional. Then there are things like clever industrial and usability design that makes the item more easy/fun/effective to use, many people happily pay extra for that. There are even more abstract concepts like certain items simply make the owner happy and content for reasons he cannot quite articulate. Hard to explain, but for many worth paying for.

Of course trying to explain any of these abstracts to a person with purely practical and utilitarian concerns is more or less impossible. So suffice to say if you don't get it you don't get it, but that doesn't make the other person stupid, they just value things differently from you.

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