Everybody knows this right? Well, not my friend Kev. He once wrote to me:
Microsoft designed Windows and got the IT industry to what its today.
Without Microsoft....there would be no Google.
AND YOU KNOW IT!
You can thank your job to Microsoft...what now?
And now, the retort. I did not think I would ever need to write about how much Windows sucks. But Kev, due to your ignorance, I need to school you. This is the second time for you, after my Gmail owns Hotmail post. The fact is, Microsoft is actually holding us back. We would be so much further ahead if the majority of computers had a real operating system. You know why everyone has Windows? Because anyone can buy cheap hardware and slap a copy of Windows on it. Because MS Office was lucky enough to win the office suite war. Not because Microsoft is this innovative think-tank. Not because Windows is better than Mac OS. Simply put: we're forced to use Windows. Let's review:
Security: Aren't viruses great? I have Norton Internet Security and Webroot Spy Sweeper installed, and boy am I happy I have close to a gig of RAM, because those two apps use up a ton of memory. Why do viruses exist? Well, mostly due to security vulnerabilities in Windows and Microsoft apps like MS Word and MS Internet Explorer. Every week I seem to see a new patch to close off some kind of security hole. I would have given you credit if you told me Microsoft got the anti-virus industry to where it is today.
Thievery: Instant messaging, web browsing, media playing, office application ... all stolen. Remember ICQ? Remember when Netscape was the only web browser? I still miss AmiPro. I was better off with all of these apps. Except they all disappeared, and I was forced to switch to their lesser cousins. And all of them are absolutely bloated with features that nobody uses. What's new since Word '95? Well, it uses an extra 128MB of memory. That's always useful (<- sarcastic, you fuck!) Here is an interesting video from Steve Job's Keynote address at the Worldwide Developer's Conference. It points out that everything making Windows Vista a landmark upgrade basically already exists in OSX. Instant Search is Spotlight. Aero is Aqua. Flip tab is a ghetto version of Expose. Internet Explorer 7 is a mix of Firefox and Safari RSS. Microsoft Mail is Mail. Microsoft Calendar is iCal. OSX came out in 2001! Vista, whenever they can kill the thousands of bugs plaguing the beta, will come out sometime next year. Six years later -- who got the IT industry where?
Stability: Remember when Windows 98 crashed during its public demo? You ever need to reformat your computer because it takes too long to boot up? Remember the blue screen of death? Why is it that after 4 major releases since Windows 95, the OS still crashes?
I'm a web developer - and Microsoft didn't invent the internet. In fact, they haven't invented anything, they stole it! And then made a really shitty facsimile that was either really cheap, or free, was full of bugs and security holes, but somehow crippled the competition. So no, I won't thank Microsoft for my job.
Wow. Getting that off my chest felt real good.