I'm sorry, but the computer world needs someone to pull technologies together. There needs to be a baseline for compatibility. MS has set this. Because of MS, it's easier to go to the store and buy something with reletive confidence that it will work with what you have at home. Those that want a choice, have other choices emerging... Linux perhaps the best example. As far as I'm concerned, what MS has done has made everyone's daily lives easier. I also believe that they will not be the king of the game forever. Kings are dethroned by the public over time (3 years ago... AMD who?). Once MS opposers come to understand what their home computing life would be like w/out MS, maybe they will understand better that overall MS's 'monopoly' is indeed a good thing in this case. Think back to the early computing days when everything was proprietary (TRS-80, TI-99a, etc) If you needed something, you went to the MANUFACTURER and found out if they had something that would work with your computer... if not, tough cookies, there was no option. Not only did MS make the home computing experience more viable, they made it easier. They made it so you didn't have to worry if you had anything but Windows installed. If you did, chances are "x" product would work for you. That might be a bad thing to *ix users who like tinkering with command line switches, config files, etc, but overall, it gives the home computing market a direction. Their being a monopoly isn't a fault of MS either. People get what they are looking for. If they product isn't good, it fails (Apple who? Marketshare huh?). This isn't saying Apple has failed, per se, but they are CERTAINLY not as popular as PC's.
I hope MS continues to improve the end user computing experience (as I believe this to be ONLY an end user issue... there is a plethora of business OS's to run on), until a better product that is as user friendly and easy to use becomes mainstream. That day will come. Probably soon. Maybe it will be Apple... Maybe it will be Linux... Maybe it's being developed right now behind the closed doors of some no-name shop...
Whatever it may be, I will embrace that as well.
This comment was edited on Sep 6, 12:35.