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Not the sport definition, but this one:

In our survey, the sweet spot for Windows are organizations with 300 to 1000 employees.

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closed as general reference by aedia λ, MετάEd, Robusto, tchrist, cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Feb 10 '13 at 17:12

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General Reference. This is in lots of dictionaries. –  MετάEd Feb 10 '13 at 7:57
    
@MετάEd: From all the 15+ references you posted: Merriam, Dictionary.com, etc. only Wordnik and Wiktionary offer the meaning I'm asking here... I obviously searched before coming here. Not easy to find... –  John Assymptoth Feb 10 '13 at 16:18

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It's the area at which different factors balance out to give an optimal result. In this sentence, organisations below 300 do not benefit as much as those above that number, while also organisations above 1000 doe not benefit as much as those below it; so 300–1000 is the "sweet spot".

More formally, we might say that it was the optimum range.

The origin is probably from sports, particularly racket or bat sports where there's a "sweet spot" that the ball should ideally be hit with, then expanding into other sporting uses, before becoming a more general phrase.

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According to the contest of the sentence you presented, "sweet spot" is related to the point or situation where the best or optimal results can be achieved.

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Pretty much the same as the sport meaning - the optimal size of organisation for Windows was ...

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In circumstances where a desirable characteristic varies continuously, the sweet spot describes the point (or the region) of a local maximum. The term cannot be used in cases of a local minimum or where there is uninterrupted rise or fall in the variable.

So when you consider the point of contact of the ball along a bat, the sweet spot is the point from which the hit travels further or faster than from a point on either side.

When you are recommending adoption of a software solution, the sweet point is the size of organisation that receives the greatest return on investment.

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There is a diagram describing it as well:

Sweet Spot

Best state!

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What if more is always better for a given quality? Incidentally, you can include images in answers, rather than ask people to follow links. –  Jon Hanna Feb 10 '13 at 0:50
    
@ Jon :)) Surely you are right! Thanks for nice advice! –  Persian Cat Feb 10 '13 at 0:55
    
You could also provide a link to cite the source of the image. –  donothingsuccessfully Feb 10 '13 at 10:35

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