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Why I hate Microsoft

May 8, 2009

I often fantasize about writing a 500-page manifesto of why Microsoft is the most profoundly immoral and malevolent technology company that ever existed, and why I hate every single thing about the company.

But I think that Daniel Eran Dilger of Roughly Drafted (one of my all-time favorite tech blogs) may have beat me to the punch with his Reader’s Digest version of my manifesto:

Why Windows 7 is Microsoft’s next Zune

He takes the gloves off big time and goes after Microsoft with emotional venom that I’ve never seen from him before. It is deliciously wonderful.

And most importantly, he is completely 100% accurate in every single point that he makes.

In this one article, Dan hits on many of the reasons why I hate Microsoft… and why you should, too. Well actually, his entire website is filled with justifiable reasons to hate Microsoft, but this one article has so many juicy tidbits all in one convenient location that I just had to post the link above for all of you to enjoy. It is a must read article.

Here’s a snippet of Dan’s article — this may be my very favorite paragraph, because it spills so many truths in just a few short sentences:

Microsoft does not have Apple’s audience of sophisticated consumers, and it’s ridiculous that the company keeps trying to pretend that it does. Microsoft serves an installed base of cheapskates through a blackmailed array of PC hardware companies who are forbidden from selling alternative software by exclusive licensing contracts. It also services, at very high cost to companies, a large number of corporate cube-holders who have no voice in the technology decisions forced upon them by corporate IT drones.

Anyways, go read Dan’s article and enjoy!

And when you’re done with that, you can read this recent article I wrote about Microsoft’s misleading new advertisements.

And finally, here’s just one of many articles on my friend Herbert’s blog in regards to the litany of crimes and abuses to humanity that Microsoft perpetrates on a regular basis.

May 26, 2009 Update:

It would literally take a building the size of the Library of Congress to fill with all the illegal, fraudulent, dishonest, and abusive practices that Microsoft has partaken in over the last 34 years — and has gotten away with. This is not the place for me to be outlining all of those practices. However, Microsoft’s nefarious tactics continue strongly to this day, as evidenced in this current article:

Microsoft and the great netbook price-fixing scam of 2009

Remember, folks: the smartest computer users on the planet are 100% Microsoft-free.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 9, 2009 10:43 AM

    “It’s also a rude awakening to the dreamy illusion that Windows 7 would somehow enable Microsoft to sell a Vista-based operating system for netbooks that was wildly faster than Vista and therefore could bring the company greater revenues on netbooks compared to the Windows XP it had been dumping on netbook makers for next to nothing, just to prevent them from using Linux instead.”

    Microsoft talks about “licenses” when the conversation is about “sales”. Similarly, they’ve been talking about “product shipped” when we’re all talking about “sales”. My logical suspicion was – they don’t want to talk about sales.

    Following the Rush Limbaugh model, I figured they were practically, or literally, giving away a lot of these licenses. The above quote from this great article backs me up.

    Thanks for the great read Scott!

  2. May 9, 2009 12:57 PM

    Exactly.Herbert, you’re been keenly saying this for as long as I’ve known you.

    Microsoft isn’t making the kind of money that they claim to be making.Yep, just to reiterate what you said: All those 2 million Zunes sold? Not “sold” at all — simply “shipped” to stores, sitting on shelves gathering dust.

    Check it out here — just one news story about this debacle:
    GameStop stops selling Microsoft Zune due to insufficient demand

    And seriously, why does Microsoft have to pretend that they are all things to all people? They don’t even recognize who their customers are anymore. Their customers are NOT consumers. Their 2 successful products (Windows and Office) are sold to businesses. They have never had any success selling directly to consumers. They’ve never even figured out how to market to consumers! Consumers who purchase Windows or Office are simply forced to buy these products by the businesses they work for — consumers don’t go out and willingly purchase these things for themselves. So why has Microsoft made it their mission to follow everything that Apple does or Sony does… and then do it poorly?

    They should stick to what they do best, but now it may be too late for that. Microsoft is already sinking. Which makes me very happy. They deserve every negative thing that comes their way, as I discuss in my previous blog posting here: Karma is a bitch, Microsoft!

  3. May 10, 2009 5:39 AM

    If you want the comprehensive “Why I hate Microsoft”, Frank van Wenseen has written it for you:

    Why I hate MicrosoftPersonally, I think the best thing we can do for the computing world* is SAVE VISTA!* except Microsoft

  4. donsmouse permalink
    July 4, 2009 11:45 AM

    so how do you feel about linux?
    I am a victim of microsofts parade as well,keep up the good work.

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