Monday, April 26, 2004

Yes, yes, I need to write a good journal entry. For now, I’m going to post this quote while I write something wortwhile:

“The Windows API is…so deeply embedded in the source code of many Windows apps that there is a huge switching cost to using a different operating system, instead. It is this switching cost that has given the customers the patience to stick with Windows through all our mistakes, our buggy drivers, our high total cost of ownership, our lack of a sexy vision, at times, and many other difficulties. Customers constantly evaluate other desktop platforms but it would be so much work to move over that they hope we just improve Windows rather than force them to move… In short, without this exclusive franchise called the Windows API, we would have been dead a long time ago.”

— Aaron Contorer, Microsoft’s C++ General Manager in 1997

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