History of Microsoft

Back in the early days IBM decided to get into a business of building a house instead of
office complexes.  Microsoft was contracted to help build that house.  About the time
Bill and company got the house half built they decided they wanted to build the house on
their own.  

So IBM went ahead and finished the house and it was a great house.

But then Microsoft came back and said they wanted their part of the house back, the part that
IBM paid them to build before Bill renegged.

Bill took the case to the courts and really stupid judges decided that even
if you hire a contractor to build something for you, the contractor owns the portion you
paid the contractor to build for you.  After all, the contractor must have used his own
"magic nails" to build that house.  Unfortunately, those magic nails seemed to have a way
of self-destructing as time passed requiring the consumer to buy more "magic nails" from Bill
to keep the house standing.

During the multi-year legal battle between MS and IBM, innovation from other companies was halted.

After all the legal BS was said and done, IBM decided that the industry it had initially 
propelled, was not an industry they wanted to be in any longer.  So IBM went back to doing
what they did best and let Bill have his stupid monopoly.

Bill got it all and inherited the 90% market share IBM had built.  Next step, make it so that
no competitor's product would work with their stuff.  Yes, there were standards developed by
by the IETF and the W3C that would make all computers work together but Bill would have none 
of that.  He wanted to make sure no one else had a chance to what he deemed as his world.

Then in 1983, Some company called Apple came out with "The Lisa".  Wow.  Whole new look.
Everything was in a graphical format.  Command lines were a thing of the past.  And it had this
strange new pointing device called a "mouse".  Every application opened up in its own graphical
"Window".  It was totally cool.  And in 1984, the Mac came out with an impressive update.
When I saw first saw it I thought, "Wow, an idiot could use this! Are the masses ready for 

So Bill and friends decided, we have to have that too.  What are we going to call it?  Why
not "Windows"?  So they got up one morning and decided, "well, I just did number 1 and number 2,
so lets call it Windows 3."  Bill wasn't too worried about legal challenges from Apple.  After all,
they had judges who would side with them even against the litigation might of the mighty of IBM.
They were free to steal any idea from anyone else as they pleased. 

This carried Bill well into the 90s.  Then the internet was born. Computers became more connected
than ever.  And programmers around the world discovered that Bill's thousands of "Magic Nails" 
were really nothing more than kludgy screw-ups in programming that were constantly being passed on
to every new level Windows.  Bill did not spend any time fixing his magic nails even though he had
more than enough time.  So people started exploiting them and wreaking havoc on all those who 
blindly kept using Windows.  

Soon, a new industry was born. An industry that evolved out of the need to protect your house
of Windows from collapsing by those who could exploit Bill's magic nails.  But it has never been
enough.  There are just too many Windows unknown magic nails to protect and the challenge
continues to this day to find them before the exploiters do.  By why find them all?  As long 
as consumers were willing to fork over billions of dollars for programs from Symantec and McAfee
that just degrade your system's performance and still not provide adequate protection, there was
no incentive to fix anything.  Hey, it's all about sucking more money out of you.

The XP era.
 This followed after the failures of 95, 98, NT, 2000 and ME.  Unfortunately, XP was built upon
 those failures and the result was just more failures. SP1 crippled machines and it couldn't be
 backed off or restored.  SP2 crippled more machines and couldn't be backed off. Then Microsoft
 issued XP SP3 and told everyone to go to hell.
 It was during this time that the EU decided charge Microsoft with monopoly related violations.
 After all, the US had let MS run rampant and totally ignored the calls that Microsoft was running
 a slash-and-burn-all-competitors environment.
Then came Vista.

  Just another reiteration of XP designed to suck more money out of consumers.  An even bigger
 failure than before.  But it did make more money for Microsoft.  Microsoft told everyone to buy
 Vista and send them more money for a garbage OS.  It wasn't working so well.  By this time it was
 so bloated even the fastest PCs couldn't load an app in less than 10 minutes.  Microsoft didn't
 care.  They had your money.  Their attitude was, "XP is gone, XP support is gone. BUY BUY BUY
 Vista because XP was dead as far as Microsoft was concerned".
2008 The netbooks come out.

  These were designed to offer everyone not rich enough to buy a Vista compatible hardware platform
  with a real working OS.  The people were happy once again.  Linux was perfectly capable of
  delivering everything anything a Microsft OS was. Microsoft was pissed.  People were buying the 
  machines (by now built in other countries with Linux on them.)  Ubuntu Linux was proving to be
  a thousand times better than any MS OS in this field and the drivers and hardware just worked.
  Suddenly in an about-face, MS decided to go after Linux again.  They ressurected XP.  They gave
  it away for free to other countries and vowed they would support it again.  
  This was Microsoft's most anti-American move yet.  Microsoft had to offer a very old XP SP2 to
  any country that would import their garbage into America on a netbook.  Five years of security
  problems.  And netbooks couldn't even run XP SP3. 
  And in this sudden XP extension by Microsoft, no one in America could acquire it.  Americans had
  to by XP Professional.  The most expensive Microsoft software to date.  
  Once again, Microsoft is is doing what it does best.  Monopolizing a world market and making
  Americans pay dearly for it with no guarantess it will ever work. 
 My Conclusion
   Microsoft has spent more on litigation than it did on R&D during its current lifespan. With no competition,
   there was no urgency for quality or security.  There was no need reliablity.  Actually, the less reliable
   Windows was, the more people would have to go out and spend money on a new junk machine.