"Many OStatic readers are Linux users, and are very familiar
with using various desktop environments that don't necessarily come
standard with this or that Linux distribution. This is a form of
freedom that many Linux users embrace, but it has never been
Microsoft's way to encourage use of desktop interfaces that differ
from the standardized ones it delivers in its versions of the
Windows operating system.
"Ironically, in the early days of Windows, when there were
countless companies making what was dubbed "utility software," you
could easily and fluidly run other environments on top of Windows.
Slowly but surely, though, Microsoft incorporated the utilities
that these companies made into Windows itself, and most of these
companies went away."