Originally Posted by un-midas touch
This thread speaks to something many people think is a problem, but to the end user in the future will be a real gain: Competition. It is a part of the market that the average mainstream user forgets is necessary in a market, what with many industries seeing more or less dominance by one or two companies doing relatively the same thing. Even if one group remains dominant, they are still forced to make efforts to attract the users of other products (which most likely hold their interests due to features and capabilities that the dominant force lacks), and this results in them making their product better, sometimes in radically large steps, as we've seen Microsoft do recently.
I'm not saying that competition is a bad thing. Without competition, there would be no such thing as "personal computers". The point I was trying to make is that Microsoft has been the dominant OS developer for most of the history of personal computing, and that alone is enough to carry them through the occasional rough spot. Too many people have been tied to Microsoft for too long to just jump ship. With enough time and enough missteps, a competitor may be able to dethrone MS, but it won't happen overnight, and it won't happen due to an unpopular revision or 2. Like the original article said, people would rather coast through a bad revision by sticking with the previous release instead of moving to a completely different OS.