Inside the Web 2.0 Report, this graph was displayed which shows the power of releasing code often. As it turns out, Flickr has grown from obscurity just a few years ago, to a powerhouse owned by Yahoo! in between Microsoft Windows release cycles. Wow!
A few quick observations:
- Both companies are successful. In fact, Microsoft Windows has made far more money than Flickr ever will.
- Web Apps have the luxury of being hosted, and this means that new code only needs to work in a dedicated environment. Windows has to work in a number of scenarios.
- This graph ignores the various upgrades available from Windows Update.