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Thoughts on why we love to hate MS.

Posted 07-02-2010 at 05:24 PM by rich_c

I read an article today entitled "Why do we (Love to) hate Microsoft." An interesting piece but the comments are as, if not more, telling. I, like many others spent many years not knowing any better. My Microsoft user days go back to MSX home computers. At the time, it seemed to me that the philosophy of 'one system to rule them all' was a good one in the interests of interoperability. I quite happily used Windows 3.11 and Windows 95 but then had a brief dabble with SuSE. As a Windows 98 SE user who was aware of the alternatives available, the 'rot' set in. After a year or two of Win98 use, I set up a dual boot with SimplyMepis and found that the Windows partition got little to no use, so eventually got formatted for the disk space.. It's been that way ever since.

So, I find it very hard to see what Microsoft would have to do to win me back. As many of the commenters observe, possibly ditching their current business models and going Open Source would help. I think they could make that work, as a 'trusted' (Why???) household name surely they could take a way of doing business that Red Hat have shown can be very successful in enterprise environments and adapt it for more general users. that's probably not likely to happen, so MS will become increasingly irrelevant.
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