Microsoft is Geat!
The other day I just built a new system and was loading Windows© into it when a thought struck - "wow! the work that has gone into developing this is beyond imagination".....
I have been in personal computing (using, programming, playing, working, etc.) since the early 80's and a whole perspective of what's happen over the years struck home. Computing has lodged itself into almost every aspect of our lives for good or not (for good, I believe) and the speed with which it has done so is unbelievable. If Microsoft had not developed a friendlier Windows from its user hostile DOS beginnings, what would the computing scene be like now? Probably full of boring geeks! And perhaps also those who are forced to use computers for work.
To view it from a non-technical perspective, the GUI (Graphical User Interface) operating system is still not as easy as boiling an egg. When I see the struggle of computer users - even those with a few years experience - trying to do something new on their PC's, I realise that a lot more needs to be done. Especially if the majority of user's are to realise more than 10% usage of their machine's full capabilities. But maybe most users only want to surf the net, send/receive a few emails and play a few games?
I am digressing ..... although the latest offering (Windows XP) is not perfect, it and it's earlier siblings (95, 98, ME) have given us more things we can do in life. OK, can we praise the world's biggest software company for this? Well, why not as they have played an important part in all this. Yes - thank you Microsoft!