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"I think what motivates buying is compatability over quality."

Somewhat. Also laziness and unwilling to learn has something to do with it too. For instance, having 999 users of Office 95 an 1 user of Office 97 shouldn't cause a huge problem...the 97 user just needs to check "save as (word|excel|powerpoint) 95..." button when saving the first time. Ever see that happen? Nope, instead all 999 users upgrade to Office 97 to keep up. It's a doubt a trap that they walked into, but a trap nonetheless.

"You can probably use the same analogy with Intel, although competition is heating up with AMD, CYRIX, Evergreen and some other CPU maufacturers out there."

Microsoft isn't hugely impacted by Intel, but Intel is hugely impacted by them. Microsoft writes software to run, not run well. Intel makes money supplying faster chips to run these products. Intel does NOT create faster chips and have Microsoft write programs to fully utilize them, however. So with Intel, it's not just compatibility, but useability. A 486 will still run most business apps and a Pentium 233 most games, but people don't feel it's usable because people write bloated products to force users to upgrade. Some of it's psychological, too - if you don't mind upgrading your motherboard/chip once or twice a year, you won't mind buying my latest and greatest New Product(TM) will you?

"BTW, I'm glad you found your way over here and hope the # of posts increases dramatically since this is the first day of action on this board."

I hope so too. Part of the reason I think tech talk works on the other board is because it's techies and non-techies discussing it. If it's only techies here, conversations won't be nearly as interesting, altho I'm sure they won't be dull either.

Rob Nelson
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