Originally Posted by UltimateKylie
I truely am suprised at the hatred for Microsoft, they have done alot of good for the computer industry. [...]
Hi UltimateKylie, ( I like your username by the way )
I think that when people give credit to microsoft for what we can do with computers, microsoft's dominance means they often compare today with a world in which there were no computers on the desktop.
I am not old enough to remember all the early computers that were around, but there were alternatives that would have developed over the last 25 years. But microsoft has been unique in its refusal to implement basic security, and this has led to a world of malware and spam.
Consider also that unix-variants are dominant on servers and the internet and are taught at universities so this was one of the alternatives. Users of Linux / Ubuntu computers report that their computers take 5 seconds to start up, are completely stable and fast and never have viruses or become spambots. Imagine those systems with an extra 20 years of consumer development as an 'opportunity cost' of having Windows.
Bill Gates's, belief that users only want features and won't pay for a better engineered OS, plus his principle that it's ok to write inefficient code because the hardware will get faster, have not only brought software of dangerous incompetence into our lives and businesses, but have also trained the world to believe that viruses, spam, instability and an ever-increasing need to replace working hardware are a natural consequence of technology.
When people are losing their precious time, money, work or baby photos I think there is reason that some might hate Microsoft.
( rant over