When Microsoft’s Position is Threatened

I’ve been reading Neal Stephenson’s “In the beginning was the command line”, which was written nearly ten years ago. In it is a paragraph that is nothing short of prophetic:

Likewise, when Microsoft’s position in the OS world is threatened, their corporate instincts will tell them to pile more new features into their operating systems, and then re-jigger their software applications to exploit those special features. But this will only have the effect of making their applications dependent on an OS with declining market share, and make it worse for them in the end.

Hmm, like Vista and the latest Office?