Microsoft – The Great Pretender

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From the source code to the Recycle Bin, they can’t even implement a stolen idea without perverting it.

Guy Kawasaki is often quoted as having said, “Saying Windows 95 is equal to Macintosh is like finding a potato that looks like Jesus and believing you’ve witnessed the second coming.” We haven’t found a more appropriate phrase to describe our distaste for the common misbelief that Microsoft’s GUI is comparable to the MacOS.

It seems to be Microsoft’s method of operation (see Myths #5, #7 and #10) is to take the best of everything and make it part of their culture — or at least a cheap knock-off of the best.

This time, they’re trying to copy one of Apple’s best assets: Mac users. Seldom does a company find that its own customers are willing to do their marketing; and few manufacturers can claim such a loyal following as those who subscribe, for example, to the MacEvangeList mailing list.

From the Seattle Times:
“Letters purportedly written by at least two dead people landed on the desk of Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff earlier this year, imploring him to go easy on Microsoft for its conduct as a monopoly.

The pleas, along with more than 100 others from Utah residents, are part of a carefully orchestrated nationwide campaign by the software giant that may be backfiring. Microsoft sought to create the impression of a surging grass-roots movement, aimed largely at the attorneys general of some of the 18 states that have joined the Justice Department in suing Microsoft.”

Though Bill Gates would like everyone to believe that all their business, design, and marketing choices are purely customer-driven, only cult-assimilated blithering idiots believe him. Here’s hoping the courts aren’t swayed by the lobbyists on Microsoft’s payroll.

Dan Oblak

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