The Inside Track: Is Microsoft surging or fading? Behind the scenes at Ignite on the Gold Coast


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  1. It’s a giant in the corporate world. OK.
    But for me it’s crap as a desktop OS. I don’t want mandatory updates. What is to stop Microsoft seeing my telemetry and saying “I use the snip tool” so they update to make me pay money for the snip tool? Or an update to Windows 11 with a subscription?

    I’m on Windows 7. When I’m done with it I’m gone. Microsoft universe bye and thanks for the fish. Don’t know where I will go for my desktop needs. But it will not be in any way Windows and their spying, anti-customer rubbish.

  2. “…venerable technology giant founded 30 years ago — it recently celebrated the milestone…”

    Um. Shouldn’t that be 40? Allow me:

    “Microsoft BASIC is the foundation product of the Microsoft company. It first appeared in 1975 as Altair BASIC… …was developed by Microsoft founders Paul Allen and Bill Gates with help from Monte Davidoff…”

    “Commodore BASIC… used in Commodore International’s 8-bit home computer line, stretching from the PET of 1977 to the C128 of 1985. Commodore licensed BASIC from Microsoft on a “pay once, no royalties” basis after Jack Tramiel turned down Bill Gates’ offer of a $3 per unit fee, stating, “I’m already married,” and would pay no more than $25,000 for a perpetual license.”

    OK, youse should always take Wikipedia with a handful of salt, but the world’s last real computer is exceedingly well-documented. But then any company which could market Win3 as superior to OS/2 (even given IBM’s moribund management of the time) can be forgiven a decade of history :)


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