strange but true, it appears that the cyber world is mostly divided into 2 parts : 1) people who JUST LOVE TO HATE microsoft ! 2) people who appreciate microsoft ! very few neutral to this sentiment ! almost 95% use its windows os; just around 3% mac and 2% linux. but so what, that still gives them the right to hate ms, dznt it ? or does it ?! this made me think a litle. if u hate something just dont use its products. period ! there are wonderful open-source options like linux, openoffice, etc avlbl ! go for that, then ! "ms is big. ms is ruthless. ms steals talent ! ms uses dirty tricks !" these r some of the justification put forth ! ha ! which corporate does not do that ! its the same in the us , India, or the world over ! some say "ms makes a bad os" ! but when ms tries 2 add features to its os, it gets attacked by companies who provide these functions as 3rdparty vendors, like d av n d fw companies ! microsoft's history, combined with its incredibly deep pockets, makes it a wide-open target for harassment and the popularity of its windows makes it more prone to mal-attacks ! people persist in hating microsoft but just L-O-V-E google ! the logic perhaps lies in 'i hate ms' so "i love" its closest rival : google ! is google not a profit driven corporation, as is microsoft ? wud google not steal talent from a competitor, as does microsoft ? lets face it, all is fair in love, war and BUSINESS !!! creation of profit/wealth is the first motive of any business ! a 30 yr old microsoft has a mkt cap of $287 billion, but a relatively recent google has over $144 billion, and most of it derived from selling advertising to other companies ! the world hands over its info to google for free, but google charges for it ! so why the double standards ! lets be honest : which of us wouldnt want to be a BillGates ! time to question ourself : why do u hate ms ? if the answer is a rational one, by all means go ahead and hate it; lets not just hate it bcoz its fashionable to do so ! perhaps u guys can pen ur views here and help me find an answer to this paradox ! my thoughts but inspired by : http://blogs.zdnet.com/micro-markets/?p=646 and yes, btw, and dont be surprised if 2moro, ms and google form a cartel !!!