Im sure you will get a lot of letters complaining that you wasted too much space “celebrating” Windows 20th anniversary in the Nov. 14 issue. I, for one, think it was a great issue. Its one that I will save for, if nothing else, its historical value. I go back to Windows 1.1 running on a Tandy 2000.
The only section of the Windows XX issue that I have to quibble with is Jason Brooks story, “Our Wish List for Windows.”
While I think his wish list is right on target, most of the “wishes” are the very things the Department of Justice antitrust suit was trying to eliminate—and did, to a large degree. Brooks wished, for example, that users didnt have to manage multiple media applications like Media Player, RealPlayer and QuickTime. Im sure Mr. Gates would agree, but the DOJ didnt.
I dont want to read a 20-year history lesson about Microsoft; I am only interested in where the company is going in the future.
Speaking for myself, I do not care for Microsoft and its greedy, predatory practices. Microsoft has destroyed good companies and applications in its quest to control the desktop—Netscape, WordPerfect and Lotus 1-2-3 come to mind.
Whenever I have the opportunity, I use non-Microsoft products. I use a Sony Clié Palm OS-based handheld, and I will never consider using a Microsoft-loaded handheld. I built myself a powerhouse computer, but when it becomes obsolete I will purchase a Mac. In fact, I will probably get a Mac in the very near future and use my current computer as a spare.
In the future, I would like to see more articles on Apple in eWEEK. I hope Linux (and Apple) continue to eat away at Microsoft and eventually take a large percentage of Microsofts share of the market. Maybe I will wake up some day and find Microsoft gone.