Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Jun 2007 21:39 UTC, submitted by jayson.knight
Windows Microsoft is simplifying the processes via which its PC-maker partners will be able to provide 'downgrade' rights from Windows Vista to Windows XP for their customers. Microsoft will implement the first of the policy changes for its Gold Certified (top-tier) OEM partners within the next couple of weeks. The company will streamline downgrade-rights policies and procedures for the broader channel somewhat later, said John Ball, general manager of Microsoft's US Systems Group.
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So what you're saying is that the billions of dollars you invested in this 'flop' mean nothing, and are expendable? Your shareholders would eat you alive (and almost decidedly vote you out of the company), and you'd personally piss off the 10,000 employees who poured their blood sweat and tears into this product...they'd leave in droves as they'd have zero confidence in management.

The term is "sunk cost." If you were an investor, would you rather the company stop now, after spending several billion dollars, or stop in a few years, after spending several billion dollars more on top of what they've already spent? I admit there's no real "good" way to go about that, but at some point you've got to cut your losses.

Not that I think Microsoft should do that. In time, Vista will be a success, simply because at some point, they'll stop offering XP, and most people won't realize they have any other choice.

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