Ethical or Unethical? Views on MS!

Disclaimer: I am not anti-Microsoft, but praising this Corporation for their deeds is something which I cant gulp down the throat.

I had a discussion with one of my friend about how Microsoft made its market share, what it develops and how its products perform. I kept on pressing that save some of its products rest all are a piece of crap. Those two products are Outlook 2007 and Visual Studio.

Marketing Strategy: I always felt that Microsoft is more of marketing rather than software development. It projects even a beta software like a stable one, never admits its flaws and keeps on making excuses day by day. The OOXML story even made me ashamed how such a big corporation can adopt unethical practices. Bribing, pressurizing and making deals is all the work which this Corporation does and pays less tress on the quality of their products

Internet Explorer: It should be banned! Yes, I firmly believe this! It is that browser which has fractured the web and still thinks itself a God. It doesn’t follow any standards and assumes that whatever it implements becomes an unofficial standard. I cant get how people get to believe this? How a good web designer can think IE’s implementation of technologies as standard. Such designers needs coaching classes or else they are not fit for their post. Other rival browsers such as Firefox, Opera, Safari and Chrome are light years ahead of IE, implementing all the web standards and technologies at such a pace. Are IE developers sleeping? If they think that managing IE is beyond their capacity, shut down the project and unbundle this stinking browser from the next Windows release. People say that living without IE is tough, I never felt so! Whenever I go to any system, the first thing I install is Firefox and then start my browsing.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Well, am not against charity, but there are many industrialists and entrepreneurs who donate and done make a hype out of it. Many NGO’s receive huge donations from anonymous donors. This Melinda Gates foundation gives money to charity which is earned through bad practises, its the unethical money. If they really want to help the people, please slash the prices of your softwares. Windows Vista Ultimate for $400? WTF!

The Bad Practices: I cant forget how they killed Netscape and what they tried to do with Novell. Their Open Source chanting is all false. It is just the pressure which makes them act like this. I would like to congratulate the Samba team who fought a battle with MS to get the specifications of how Windows sharing take place. This is that part which everybody know. Nothing more to tell.

Product Reviews: The only two products which I like are Outlook 2007 and Visual Studio, both of which fall under their Enterprise products category. You got what I meant to say? They never ever care about their Free Products like IE which a majority of people use, instead pay most of the attention on those products which fetch them money.

Piracy : I always believe firmly that its anti-piracy drive is a drama. They never ever want to stop piracy because it would lessen the popularity of their Operating System and the Office Suite. They even make their softwares crackable so that people don’t stop using them. Instead they try to sell it to the people through OEM so that people don’t pay additional. I have even heard people saying that I got an original copy of windows on my system. When I say “You have paid for it”, the answer which I get it “But it came along with the hardware”. Height of foolishness! Would MS give so many licenses for free?

Security :  This would be the most basic thing which people pay attention. Security is not just hacking and cracking, but more widely malware protection. Each and every time MS rolls out a security update and they have been doing this for ages. Evan after installing so many patches and updates why isnt the system secure? Do anti-viruses company pay MS for keeping it malware venerable? I cant deny this fact after watching the track record of this company.

3 thoughts on “Ethical or Unethical? Views on MS!

  1. Couple of things:

    1) You and I should really sit down and talk. Really really. Drop in to CCD any one of these days (after this week) where Swaroop and I work, and we’ll make a Microsoft-bash session out of it you’ll be proud of.

    2) You gotta style this text box. Courier New is like, 1999 man!

    3) Your product reviews point – it is expected of a software company to pay attention to their premium software. Paying customers should get better software than non-paying customers. Regardless, nothing excuses IE.

    4. Your piracy point – Microsoft may be a lot of things, but stupid it is not. They understood the merit of forging good partnerships, which is what they did. Their catch line from day one? “We make the software your hardware needs”. They’re a marketing company “now”, but they used to be a software company. Don’t take anything away from Win98SE and Win2000. They were solid operating systems. Better than anything else at that time.

    4) Your security point – Microsoft is a victim of its own popularity and practices. People crack Microsoft products because they want to stick it to the man, and because they can. Also, they know that whatever they do, will reach out to the majority of the market. I’m not bringing Unix based OS’ in this, because they are inherently secure, and aren’t attractive to crackers because it won’t result in anything.

    The security cracks we see are the ones which are public — they have a malicious intent. I’m sure people are cracking Linux and OS X everyday, but they are the ‘real’ hackers, who do it for their own satisfaction and knowledge — and responsibly don’t release it to the public. You need to understand the difference in crowd to understand why it works the way it does.

    — That was more than a couple of things, but you touched a topic right after my own heart 🙂

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