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The full article makes a slightly better case for MS's "forced upgrade" strategy by also mentioning this summer's XP-only IE upgrade. Suddenly their decision to stop development of IE for Mac makes strategic sense.

In this light it seems shabby. But consider that XP has been in the market for 4 years. How many tech companies are in active support of software as aged as Win2k or WinME?

MSFT has been repeatedly raked over the coals for retaining backwards-compatibility, in contrast to Macintosh; Apple obsoletes their whole platform every few years.

As a shareholder, I'd very much like to see MS move more software. Discontinuing support and denying services to their earlier, outmoded, easily pirated OS's is merely good business.

IBM's cheap servers will make inroads in that market, no doubt. But MSFT's so-called "forced march upgrade" should not only help the MS bottom line, it could help to jump-start a round of consumer upgrades to add heat to consumer tech.

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