I seriously can't believe any of you think this is an even remotely good thing. Soon the software/OS industry will be just like the sound card industry; stagnent (sp). There will cease to be innovation, invention, or any creativity what so ever. Progress will cease and we will be forced to do the bidding, so to speak, of these corporate giants. Buying what the tell us to, using what they tell us to, and therefore becoming what they tell us to.
There will never cease to be innovation or creativity. If the current leader of an industry sits on its laurels, its competition will surpass it. You also overestimate the power of the company and underestimate the power of the consumer. The reason these companies exist is because they made their customers better off.
Now you may ask, "That's not so different from what it's like today, a few companies take over the government/country.. what's the big deal?
Well, I'm going to tell you:
When a government passes a law it's done by people we've elected. This is as close as we can come to voting on each and every law ourselves (which would be far to time consuming to actually be done.) But, when a company makes a decision it does not (except when considering how to best rip us off) factor in us, the people that decision will affect. The only promise the CEO of that company has made is that he'll get deeper into the "black" than the last guy did, how the hell does that help us?
Sure, once in a while we get a dumb ass of a president (current company included, of course) but he or she is only around for 4 years: CEO's stick around for 20+ and never have to worry about re-election until they stop making money (which is usually when he or she starts to benefit us more, and the company less.)
Incorrect. Companies do not make money off of making people mad at them. You are confusing government with a corporation. There is a major difference:
Government has no income. To give you something, it must take something away.
Companies have to worry about little things like cashflow, thus they must work to supply products or services that are in demand with consumers.
You may not like a particular company, but if they remain in business, obviously others do.
"They that would give up freedom to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither freedom nor safety."--Benjamin Franklin