Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 15th Nov 2005 06:14 UTC, submitted by Anon_Poster
Microsoft Even as Microsoft readies a host of new ad-supported online services to battle rivals, the software maker has been mulling a plan to offer free, ad-supported versions of some of its desktop products, CNET News.com has learned.
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RE: Same old jibes
by japail on Tue 15th Nov 2005 16:00 UTC in reply to "Same old jibes"
japail
Member since:
2005-06-30

You must be from the other universe where complaining about Microsoft isn't so common it didn't make its way into an intentionally bad joke in an episode of Futurama.

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RE[2]: Same old jibes
by archiesteel on Tue 15th Nov 2005 22:51 in reply to "RE: Same old jibes"
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

I think what the OP was asking is why people stick with MS despite the fact that they complain about it all the time.

My personal theory: inertia. Most people will rather stay with the devil they know than face the devil they don't, at least until they reach a certain point (which most won't).

I mean, personally it took me quite a few years before I switched away from MS, and this is the same reason why I don't actively encourage people to switch...they'll do it when they're ready, and at that time I'll be there to help them out if they want (because that'll still be less of a pain than helping them out with their Windows troubles!)

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RE[3]: Same old jibes
by japail on Wed 16th Nov 2005 02:57 in reply to "RE[2]: Same old jibes"
japail Member since:
2005-06-30

Some people can't switch because the software they use doesn't exist on other platforms without relying on virtualization to use Windows to run it. Others don't switch because their experience with Microsoft has been pleasant enough and what they use it for isn't broken and thus doesn't need fixing. Others don't switch because Microsoft products aren't bad enough to warrant the cost of switching. That is to say that inertia is one of the reasons, and there are probably still reasons other than what I have enumerated still to be stated.

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