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The Old New Thing: Practical Development Throughout the Evolution of Windows by Raymond Chen

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Chapter Twenty. Taxes

AT THE 2005 Professional Developer Conference, the Tablet PC team had a tough task ahead of them: They had to get people to care about power management.

The reason why this is tough is that power management is rarely a dealmaker. If a user is evaluating, say, personal finance software, how much weight are they going to place on which program consumes less battery power? That’s probably a third- or fourth-level tiebreaker. No amount of power management is going to overcome the fact that your program’s interface is harder to use than your competitor’s. Nobody ever said, “Oh, yeah, I switched my word processor from X to Y because X was chewing too much battery power.” When a battery doesn’t last very long, users tend to blame ...

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