Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Apr 2007 18:20 UTC, submitted by flanque
Microsoft "It's amazing how many people who have Microsoft Windows everywhere look flummoxed when asked whether Windows is their "standard" for desktop computing. The reason they are thrown by this question is typically because they haven't thought about it that way before. In all likelihood, they never actually made a proactive decision to select Windows, in the sense of looking at alternatives and making a conscious objective choice. So how did they end up with it?"
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RE[2]: How did it happen?
by miles on Sat 28th Apr 2007 00:35 UTC in reply to "RE: How did it happen?"
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The computing industry would still be in the eighties without them.

You mean we'd have ended with some OS that encourage you to create instead of being a passive consumer?

Scary... Fortunately, thanks to Microsoft, everybody is convinced that computing is only for nerds, that normal people can't understand it (why, it's "normal" to see Joe user's computer trashed every 3 month, and Joe User would almost always think it's his fault), that except for games, computers are done for writing letters (I rule out Internet uses - they haven't been created by MS).

The eighties had computers made by users for users. Video creation/editing, 2D and 3D animation, drawing, music - all those were standard on alternatives computers - and non-MS computers introduced many Joe Users (not nerds - people that never had any knowledge of computing) to these tasks.

Going Microsoft set back computing for 20 years - even now, Windows programs for these task aren't as intuitive, simple, attractive and productive as they were on, for example, any old Amiga.

These non-MS computers even encouraged people that didn't have any tech skills to learn programming - now, they are some of the best coders, sometimes (sadly) even working for Microsoft.

Of course, we still have the occasional lamer that touts MS Office ease of use. The ones that have their kicks with Publisher...

Was that all computing was worth for?

Make this test : write down what percentage of your time is creating (audio/video/graphics and so on)? Compare that with the time you're playing games / watching videos / surfing the net / doing office tasks / maintaining your computer.

You might be the exception. However, what do you think about the vast majority of Windows users Microsoft OSes has produced?

Computing had the opportunity to change lives - by empowering people. That's far from the result if you judge what Dos and Windows have made of their users.

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RE[3]: How did it happen?
by twenex on Sat 28th Apr 2007 00:46 in reply to "RE[2]: How did it happen?"
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Well said, sir!!

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