The abiding evil of Microsoft

8 Oct

The browser bundling thing, which the Microsoft XKCD panel comments on, was always silly of course. But still, I was, and still am, much more annoyed with Microsoft than Google or Apple. I think the main thing was that they seemed to be fighting progress. They made people use their software, inferior to their competitors’, and pay for it, and allowed nobody to fix the problems. Often Microsoft was years behind competitors, some of whom gave their code away, open source and with no charge. Google and Apple at least try, and often succeed, to make things that are actually good and represent progress, instead of just being bullies. And Google still has an inviting attitude to hackers. Bill Gates was always against the hackers (see his “open letter to hobbyists”) even though he looked like the darkest stereotypical image of one.

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