Source: The New York Times
quote: ... thousand times the hardware compatibility
quote: Or it could be said that because of MS it became an obstacle to progress and Google was able to succeed in spite of MS.
quote: I agree that MS has come a long way in creating better software but other companies prospered in spite of MS, while others went under because of MS and its interference.
quote: There were better operating systems long before MS-DOS and Windows 3.1 and several Windows iterations after that.
quote: Netscape was a better browser than IE
quote: or many Word Perfect was better than Word.
quote: But we now have MS to thank for being anti-competitive and removed competition that had good products but could not survive the juggernaut that MS was becoming.
quote: Apple may have gain dominance because at the time they did have a better operating system back then and extremely good software.
quote: That doesn't means everything MS makes is good; I'll pull a number out of my ass and say 70% of what MS makes is either crap or just OK.
quote: the second part needs some qualification. Which companies?
quote: I was around during the rise of MS to power and the anti-trust accusations. So I think I know a little more about it than someone getting info from Wikipedia, or whatever.
quote: IBM tried to make a consumer version of OS/2 with Warp, but MS trounced them on marketing.