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As I see it (and I'm no economist, so feel free to correct me) Microsoft has made the majority of their revenue because they do not ship a reasonably secure OS. They release free incremental patches through the product life, of course; not doing so would be stupid and negligent. However, each new major update to Windows is seen as The Upgrade, the one that will fix all security and stability problems (and cure the common cold, bring world peace, make gravy like Mom used to, etc. -- if you listen to their marketing...). By consistently shipping somewhat-complete products, and lulling the public into a cycle of "maybe next time" (eerily like gambling addicts...
) they can dramatically increase profits.

This has nothing to do with the thread, of course. Just wanted to think out loud. :D

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