"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
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