Over the Easter weekend, a little company called Microsoft turned 40. Bill Gates sent a letter to all Microsoft employees, and The Verge posted it online
In the coming years, Microsoft has the opportunity to reach even more people and organizations around the world. Technology is still out of reach for many people, because it is complex or expensive, or they simply do not have access. So I hope you will think about what you can do to make the power of technology accessible to everyone, to connect people to each other, and make personal computing available everywhere even as the very notion of what a PC delivers makes its way into all devices.
I’m still not sure if Microsoft’s positive contributions outweigh its negative ones. Sure, they played a vital role in making computers popular and affordable, but at the same time, they’ve illegally harmed the competition – and thus the advancement of the entire industry – and played a huge role in strengthening one of the biggest threats the industry faces today: patents.
MS did bring computing to the masses. All the unix vendors and IBM included were trying to milk the business market for all it was worth, and Apple was doing its wierd Apple thing they do.
And intel’s open hardware didn’t hurt one bit either.
Note the big unix vendors are mostly gone and IBM retreated.
But MS turned from a market serving company into a self serving market milking company almost overnight. They caused many of us a lot of pain, aggravation and frustration. But they did set some standard.
And now MS finds itself not even a second place player in 2 markets it helped pioneer: smartphones and tablets, which they lost because of their desire to milk the market.
Time to move on, but only after MS’s desire to shove their trusted computing crap on us is crushed first.
Edited 2015-04-06 19:02 UTC