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Funky-Penguin: What's up with Microsoft? [Why techs hate Microsoft and everyone else loves them]

Aug 12, 2000, 19:37 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Hillesley)

[ Thanks to rob for this link. ]

"Windows users are often puzzled as to why techies don't like Microsoft. They invented the internet, didn't they? They invented the graphical user interface, didn't they?"

"Microsoft have synthesised many complicated aspects of computing into an interface that is relatively easy to use for the average punter, so why aren't we happy?"

"The common perception that Microsoft invented computers and every computer technology is not hard to dispell. Microsoft's special talent, as evidenced during the antitrust trials, has been to embrace and extend, to take an open standard and subsume it under proprietary extensions, so that the standard is no longer a standard but a proprietary arm of Microsoft. It has to be said that Microsoft are not alone in this behaviour but that they are especially ruthless."

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