WinMag.com heeft een lap tekst bij elkaar geraapt waarin ze zich afvragen of wij (die Windoos altijd kopen ) afgetroggeld worden door meester Bill. Hier een stukje uit dat artikel:
First there was Windows 98, which bore the same $109 price tag for those who already owned Windows. (The company quietly discontinued the ability for MS-DOS-only owners to upgrade to Windows.) About a year later came Windows 98 Second Edition. Next year Microsoft plans to release Millennium, yet another upgrade to the Win9x line. From the late 80s through early 90s, Microsoft's mainstream operating system received an upgrade roughly every two to three years. Now we're on a yearly cycle. Is Microsoft building value into each successive version of its operating systems twice as fast as it used to? Actually, no. They're just giving us less, and asking us to pay for it anyway.
Why is this happening? Well, like most public companies, Microsoft must keep growing in order to please its shareholders. But it goes deeper than that. Microsoft is fighting a multi-front war: America Online, Linux and Open Source, the Department of Justice, up-again-down-again PC sales, and corporate America's disillusionment with seemingly endless upgrades. Add to these problems the bald fact that, while consumer demand is there, the Windows PC still isn't anywhere near to being an "it just works" consumer environment. Think about it: People complain about programming VCRs.