"Chris Ahlstrom" wrote in message
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> Actually, though, that's the galling thing about Microsoft. Their fatness
> allows them time too make the product more like what it should have been
> in
> the first place.

That is the classic mark of advantage for a market leader, don't you know?
They teach that in B-school at an early stage. Once you have an established
leader position, as Microsoft certainly does in the desktop OS market, you
automatically become the standard of comparison and people look to see what
you might do in response to some new need or competitor's initiative. They
will wait for a response because they have a psychological need to maintain
the status quo. The basic behavior is encapsulated in what is usually
referenced as the Product Life Cycle theory. Read about it if you don't
want to be in the dark all your life. It is not "fatness" it is market