ZDNet UK: Love or hate Microsoft, it has lined your pocket

“…You can love or hate Microsoft, but chances are pretty good
it has boosted your retirement fund and your personal balance
sheet. Even a Linux programmer who happens to own an S&P
500 index fund indirectly owns shares of Microsoft.

“It’s Microsoft’s 25th birthday on 5 September, and many folks
will be wishing the company well. And they should. Since going
public 13 March, 1986, Microsoft has made investors a bundle.”

“When Microsoft falls, everybody does. All in all, nobody wants
to see Microsoft fall, including Sun and Oracle because those guys
are just imitating what Billy has been doing.”