After takin' a swig o' grog, Roy Schestowitz belched out
this bit o' wisdom:
> 'In fact, Microsoft can behave independently of its end-customers.
> Microsoft is fully aware of this, as is shown by the following excerpts
> from Microsoft's internal communication:
> "The Windows API is so broad, so deep, and so functional that most
> ISVs would be crazy not to use it. And it is so deeply embedded in
> the source code of many Windows apps that there is a huge
> switching cost to using a different operating system instead.
> It is this switching cost that has given customers the patience to
> stick with Windows through all our mistakes, our buggy drivers,
> our high TCO, our lack of a sexy vision at times, and many
> other difficulties. [...] Customers constantly evaluate other
> desktop platforms, [but] it would be so much work to move over
> that they hope we just improve Windows rather than force them
> to move.
> In short, without this exclusive franchise called the Windows API,
> we would have been dead a long time ago."'
Don't they mean .NET? :-D
When does later become never?