I think that M$ has done some good things for the computer industry...
But for every 1(one) good thing that has been done, about 100( one hundred) things have been done badly. They have so many people buffaloed into thinking that they are the only OS out there. You'd be surprised whe someone asks me what I run at home and I tell them something other than M$ crap and they respond with "I didn't know there was anything else out there...."
It's very frustrating that they make such poorly written and oeven more poorly running software and have no intention of making something that is of quality. The software they produce is crappy on purpose, it makes more money on the long run. Businnesses spend lots of money making support calls to M$ to get the stuff up and running and several more times when some "wierd bug" or "new exploit" happens to take their systems do0wn and they need it nback up pronto. Not to mention, the tolerance for crappy sooftware has risen sky high. SO many people are "OK" or complacent with a machine rebbooting on them randoomly or locking up at inopportune times. Why else do you think the new versions of Word are set to auotmatiacally back up about every 30 seconds or so? In the new versions on window, the Blue Scren Of Death has been hidden from the user by deafult. There si a setting in windows to automatically reboot upon the slightes error. So instead of you possibly getting a clue at to why your machine keeps rebooting, you get to admire your cool new custom statrup and login screens for XP.
The point is, M$ is in the market to make money. hiring the lawyers with the same interest as OJ's lawyer, buliding a tolerance for rebbots and lock ups, and many more things that you all already know and love are all in the interst of making money in the sort and long term. I suppose the IS capitolism at it's finest.
Don't get me started on Hotmail..... That's another tender money making subject for me.
Just my 2 cents worth about M$'s business practices. I think they should let go of the Copy Right for all the open source stuff they have and give to someone that can make it worth while and just stop being a mean bully.