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Whenever Microsoft spies yet another potential market which it thinks is ripe for taking over it generally announces its intention to move aggressively into that market. Microsoft frequently announces new products for these markets that they will ship soon regardless of whether or not they have any genuine interest in actually shipping said products. What this frequently leads to is that people stop buying software in this market because they want to wait for the Microsoft version. Unfortunately if Microsoft sees the market drying up they usually just walk away and never deliver their promised products. The end result is that the small software companies in these markets take a very big hit and frequently go under while consumers end up without their promised product.
Did I mention that Microsoft's products tend to be full of bugs? I'm sure you know this if you've used any Microsoft products to any great extent. It's pretty sad that people have accepted things like rebooting daily because the OS crashed as a part of computing, but that's probably because they haven't seen the alternatives.
System administrators who have had experience with other operating systems know that Windows is a nightmare to maintain. For a taste of what these people must suffer through read this insightful usenet posting by one frustrated sys admin. He describes some inexplicable problems that crop up in Windows and the vastly inadequate support that Microsoft provides when they arise. Especially interesting to note is the catch-22 that Microsoft puts its users in by refusing to give technical support when the user follows the instructions in Microsoft's own "knowledge base".
Originally posted by GlobalMind
People are just jealous. I don't have any compatability problems. We just use 2000 for everything!!
Originally posted by junglejake
Microsoft has a tool which allows you to "compact" the database, making it look at its self, figure out what's been deleted and actually delete it, then stop alocating space for it.
Consider backward incompatability. If one person in your office upgrades to office 2003, the whole office is going to, because the code behind the formatting changes. Word 2000 can't view Word 2003 files unless Word 2003 selects to save them in a special format. And even that doesn't always work out right.