Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jan 2010 16:26 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft presented the results for its second quarter of the 2010 fiscal year yesterday, which ended on December 29 2009. As it turns out, thanks to sales of Windows 7, Microsoft experienced a record quarter, which is especially welcome after the previous two lacklustre ones. It sold 60 million Windows 7 licenses during this record quarter.
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Microsoft only really shines when it has to work for it which is why we have had lackluster releases from Windows XP to Windows Vista.

The mentality in which you are referring to is not exclusive to Microsoft. It is human nature to "slack off" when one is not under pressure. That is why monopolies are generally a bad thing in free market economies.

Also, I wouldn't call XP a "lackluster release." It had problems, yes, but maintaining 90%+ market share for as long as it did is far from "lackluster," in my opinion.

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