End User wrote:
Sargent Duck wrote:Nothing. I was just highlighting how silly your "tyranny" argument of WIndows and Office is.
This may surprise you but many people view the dominance of Microsoft as a hindrance.
They might, but they probably shouldn't. When Microsoft was one of many people vying to be a major player in the OS market, there was plenty of competition and fragmentation. Back in those days, Apple was around and pretty strong in education with their Campbell's soup label thing, but were pretty expensive. The C64 was a great platform, but the C128 was pretty stagnant. The later Amigas were amazing, but failed to gain market share like they needed due primarily to simple mismanagement.
Truth be told, the only OS company that didn't suffer from mismanagement was MS and NeXTOS (Job's baby after he was forced out of Apple). IBM pretty much quit the OS side of things. Lotus and WordPerfect dominated the scene for Spreadsheets and Word Processing, respectively. Corel and Broderbound owned the graphic editing and production. Then Lotus released Lotus Notes in the late 80's, but it had some definite issues. MS released Office in 1990, IIRC, which combined Word, Excel, and Power Point, and worked pretty well together.
Before MS integrated networking in Windows for Workgroups 3.11, the options were.... shall we say minimal? We had Novell (which truly revolutionized networking from a mainframe system with dumb terminals to really bring us into modern networking), which was quite the pain to administer. For home users, the good old modem (14.4k or 28.8k) was usually the fastest mode of transferring files. The steps taken in Win95 and more importantly, Win98SE brought networking in-house.
If you want to blame anyone for MS's rise from relative obscurity to l'enfant terrible, blame IBM. By outsourcing its OS to MS, it allowed an OS company without hardware to flourish.
Linux still suffers from what it has always suffered from: fragmentation and a lack of will by software developers to annoint a distribution as the sole distro.
If MS, and by extension Bill Gates, could allow PC's to standardize and avoid becoming what Linux has become, then I for one will be eternally grateful for the impact of Bill Gates.
Did companies borrow (steal) from other's IP? Yes. It happened all the time. Do I hate Bill Gates for managing MS into a successful company? Not really. Did he discourage others from taking parts of his business? Yep. But most companies in dominant positions do so (see... well, everyone). But to me, his post-MS career is simply amazing and will be the legacy that should be remembered, but will not be remembered first.