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What makes us think microsoft intentionally releases substandard software

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GreenIrene

I doubt that it's all intentional... I mean, Vista hardly turned out well for them and it's hard to believe they intentionally created a faulty OS that they'd have to run expensive ad campaigns to try and redeem.

I think this belief comes from the fact that they used to have a literal monopoly on software, so they had enough market share that they could rely on people buying their software just because everything was stacked in their favor market wise. Add this to the fact that they were largely unpopular for the same reasons and it made it easy to imagine they were chiseling you with substandard products.

The real reason though, in my opinion, is less juicy: Making software is difficult. You don't have to TRY to make software substandard, almost everything is nearly unusable in its early stages and still usually ends up rushing out with bugs for its official release.