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.