Why I like Microsoft

THis post is a direct response to a blog post on Planet Ubuntu.  Asking the question “Why do you like Microsoft?

I will answer this question in response to this quote:

Fortunately for me, Microsoft is as good as dead anyway, the economics and the technical effects are going to roll right over them. Nothing to do with my idealism or my social concern, but a happy coincidence for me. A Microsoft without a monopoly might well change it’s tune, but are people really trying to convince me that I ‘ort to trust them right now?

First I appreciate the lack of the silly M$ in this post, and will concede the places I know Microsoft maybe be on the way is Search (though Bing.com is nice for certain things) and Internet Explorer (which is loosing market share)

Let explain why I like Microsoft and in fact feel that it is not dying.  I am a consultant that works mostly on Windows machine, so the number one reason is it pays my bills.  Secondly Windows 7 is everything that Vista that was supposed to be and in fact most of my customers are already making plans to migrate.  Based on what I am seeing with companies moving full force to Server 2008, Exchange 2010, and Windows 7 I see MS far far from dying.  In fact it will probablly recover from the stumble that was Vista as these enterprises skip Vista and move right to 7.

The other I like Microsoft is the ecosystem that is built around the product.  Active Directory is a great product and things built around using it are great.  Sharepoint is getting HUGE adoption in the corporate world and only increasing.  Tools built around Sharepoint is a great place to be.  Microsoft CRM/Dymanics is a great product and a just as good ecosystem is developing around these products.  While some developers maybe leaving the Microsoft product line there are just as many companies building around it.

The other reason I like Microsoft, on the personal computing side things just work.  They work out the box, I put my Install CD in and it installs.  I have yet to have a license problem, yet to have a system lock up on me because of some DRM issue.  Games work without problems.  I don’t have to use some third party emulator to get everything to work correctly.  My music plays, my iPod syncs with iTunes.  The list could go on and on and on.  I’m sure that all of this could/can work within the FLOSS world.  It’s just a lot of time it doesn’t.  And I’ve tried a ton of distros since early editions of Slackware.


10 thoughts on “Why I like Microsoft

  1. Thanks for replying to my post. I wish more commentator would write their 5 page comments in their own blogs like you have 🙂 *ahem*

    Anyway, hey go, go Microsoft technologies. But it really doesn’t matter how _good_ they tech is, if you can’t control it, if you are given a very limited set of things that it’s possible to do via licenses with the software then what good is it, how agile can you really be when you can do nothing different and how can you really be operating in a free market when you can’t pick from a number of support and service suppliers?

    I understand that your business comes from Microsoft, so I may be just willing to dismiss you as biases and invested in the opposition. But you read Ubuntu’s Planet so you must have an open mind.

    Think about the incredibly small amounts of money and time the FOSS world has. Think about how much we do with so much less, it’s not because Microsoft have been failing.

    It’s probably because the way they make software is silly and out dated. The level of control they want over end users is incredulous and their actions to retain a powerful monopoly should not incite respect but rather anger.

    And unfortunately you’ve put yourself in a position of advocating for one of the monopolies. Something I could never allow myself to do.

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  3. Doctormo,

    You haven’t read or follow much of what I post on Planet Ubuntu myself. I do work for Ubuntu/Kubuntu specifically on documentation and testing. I’ve been to several Ubuntu Developer Summits and am also a co-author of The Official Ubuntu book.

    I would love to have more and more money come from my investment in learning Linux however I am just not seeing it in the corporate environment. Clients may run it in the back office however none of our 300+ clients are running on the desktop in the corporate image whether Ubuntu/Debian/Red Hat/SUSE/etc.

    Until the corporate desktop changes Linux will not grow higher in the market share. People want to use the same tools/operating system they do at work and and at home.


    • Then I don’t understand, you like a bully and then you go on to complain about the lack of deployment of the competition. The very same competition that has had to fight incredible acts of market manipulation.

      Stockholm syndrome perhaps?

      I’d love to have more money from the programming work I do and I should know being unemployed with not even a government to fall back on. I’m sure you’ve read my very many posts of funding and we can save that for another blog, because it is very important.

      But please, what has that got to do with this? Doing something because you will starve should not change your ideals. When you make practical compromises your not supposed to excuse yourself and pretend it doesn’t matter in order to save your ego.

      Make a note of it, think about the best ways of overcoming it. I think it’s the only reasonable course for someone adequately balancing ideals and practical realities.

      P.S. I got the book in Japanese from Mako, nice pictures.

  4. I guess the question is why in the world would ideals be so strong about an operating system and a for profit company so that ‘doing something because you will starve should not change your ideals?’ Ever read Victor Hugo Les Miserables? A lot of flexibility is shown around ideals when someone is truly starving…. I personally attend plenty of Linux conferences and see plenty of ‘tude / condescension from the elite there. I would prefer stronger ideals in how the techies treat other people and respect them as individuals valuable not because they are brilliant but because they’re PEOPLE. Oh, I forgot all the disdain heaped on anyone with an “AOL” address by the usenet community yrs ago. Is it absolutely necessary (or even justified) to play tribal about things that won’t mean a whit in 50 yrs? It’s very NASCAR-fan like – there’s a good guy (YEAH!) and a bad guy (booo). As to market manipulation? It’s called shareholder maximization – and in economies not free market it’s either crony capitalism or ‘state capitalism’ or socialism – all of which have plenty of market manipulation. *who* is doing the manipulation and how they do it changes, no one of them involves zero manipulation of the market. Bullies? I have seen no shred of evidence from ANY dominant operating system (or browser) company that indicates that they – or their top management – are underneath it all any less of a gloves off competitor than the rest.

    • Maybe you can stuff their convicted monopoly abuse into the “shameless capitalism” category, but I can’t. That’s just another way of excusing wrongful behaviour.

      We don’t walk around assuming the world is a perfectly right and just place, these are things you have to fight for and when people start throwing about such rubbish as “It’s called shareholder maximization”, how childish. We may not ever be able to get a perfect world but by god you don’t just give up and excuse yourself from the human race by excusing every other bastard.

      Sometimes I wonder if the apologists do so because they are guilty of their own transgressions, what is it about hurting others that is so hard to understand? If you can’t see the problems, it’s probably because yuo aren’t looking:


      • Childish? Not really. Just not a humanist who thinks that all that matters is what happens here, and that a company has morals vs individuals operate by their morals. Any publicly held company encompasses individuals who are moral and invididuals who are immoral simply based on population spread.

        Guilty of their own transgressions? Very odd to have such biblical language in this conversation. Christ said “render to Caesar what Ceasar is due” and refused setting up a worldly kingdom to short circuit all the present worldly injustice when tempted & given the chance. I’m not sure Christ was into fixing the injustices of Rome as much as He came to have us recognize the blackness of our own inner thoughts & desires. Fix that and the rest comes (Rome converts). Don’t fix it and the rest is a behavioral bandaid (Rome didn’t so much convert as agree politically it made sense to follow Constantine’s direction….).

        Whose “morals” are you pointing your moral compass towards in this business-competitiveness context, just to understand the frame of reference – Buddha? Christ? Mohammed? Moses? Confucius? Your own amalgamation of all 4?

    • Look this is getting a little crazy. I have never said I like all of what Microsoft does. I don’t agree with all of their political stands, I don’t agree with all the ways the companies do business.

      I will never agree with all of the beliefs of a company. The question was why do I like Microsoft?
      Most of the time it’s software works and it does a good job of integration.

      I don’t always agree with all of the Open Source political stances or beliefs either.

  5. I am amazed at what seems a bit of naivete.

    My philosophy is use the best pool that is out there. The problem is that 99% of the time that tool is not Open Source. Let me list them

    1. Directory Services: Active Directory
    2. Ability to lock things down via policy: Group policy
    3. Best integration: Micrososft Office and its tools (Sharepoint, Outlook, Exchange)

    Other prioperity tools and stack provide better tools as well.

    • Plenty of naivete to shovel around for everyone. From where I’m standing it’s not smart to support just any old regime just because they have the best immediate practical results. I won’t go into arguing the practical technologies because I believe your flat wrong about all of that tech being the best.

      Your used to it, you know how it works, that’s fine, just don’t pretend it’s all zen. You make your compromises and you hitch your boat to a broken social philosophy in favour of perceived technical superiority.

      But don’t try and defend the position on technical grounds in response to a purely social argument on another blog. It only smacks of “my disregard for any social morality is a better social morality than yours”.

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