Message from discussion Software upgrades: More harm than good
Subject: Re: Software upgrades: More harm than good
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> > Dan writes:
> > >The basic question is:
> > >do the marginal benefits (more bells and whistles) of upgrades outweigh
> > >the marginal social costs ($ spent AND creating incompatibility).
> SUSUPPLY wrote:
> > The market says they do.
> Unless people are forced to buy the upgrades in order to communicate
> with others.
> Put it this way: suppose Office Suite 2000 is no better than Office
> Suite 97 (which I think is the case). Then why would anyone buy it?
> Because: 1)if you bought a new computer and you want to send/receive
> files with all the others using MS, you gotta buy it. 2)if you already
> have Suite 97 but you keep receiving files from the 2000 people, you
> have to buy 2000 too.
I believe the term they use for it is "innovation."
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