Yes, it is a point I remember that Windoze muscled their product to fame and fortune despite what Acorn and RISC OS had back then.
Lately I get the impression and feelings that RISC OS has a better chance to capture enough of the market (which of course is far bigger than 10/15 years ago) to survive happily ever after? I believe RISC OS has this opportunity more so now than then, simply because a good number of the computer users market (M$ Users) are not really happy with the "dead horse" product that is flogged in nearly every computer store conceivable to the human eye.
Surely the market is so big now that M$ would not notice us happily thriving on a decimal point percentage of their market? (even 1% of the M$ market would be too much for RISC OS to keep up with supply and demand..... including IBM and/or clone machines???)
So don't you think that if RISC OS supplied a "Rolls Royce" class of computer that would not be outdated in 5 years (more likely 10 years for RISC OS) like a cheap car loaded with bells and whistles (M$).... that there is a market place for RISC OS (as it is and being) a more expensive choice as opposed to the M$ short term "disposable" computer market practice?
Some of us I see at times moan about the expense of buying RISC OS compared to M$, and yes some even say that M$ can be quite stable compared to RISC OS. But what I see of the RISC OS world is very different in the M$ world, and that is the majority of M$ computer users are not very skilled at computers compared to what exists in the RISC OS scene???
The majority of M$ users that I know are not really all that good at using most of the M$ software on their computers yet alone know how to load programmes, re-configure settings and choices, set up desktops, and all those basic stuff that we take for granted on RISC OS. Nearly all the RISC OS users that I know of are quite the opposite to most M$ users.... and that is very skilled..... thanks to RISC OS.
(I cross my fingers on both my hands and my toes on both my feet. I crossed my feet and both my arms and finally I crossed my eyes and wished for RISC OS to succeed beyond all the recent excitement is our RISC OS world... but much like you, all this can make one feel quite dizzy!!!)
Just a thought.