Probably done before but, do you really hate Microsoft and if so, why? (Also, see the other thread I'm starting about why Microsoft "won.") To be totally honest, I don't hate Microsoft. As a Mac user, I am deeply wary of them, but I don't have the daily exposure that I think would engender genuine ire. I know that Apple is safe, probably, since Microsoft needs to point at the 5%-10% of us in order to claim they aren't a monopoly. Otherwise, Apple would likely have dissappeared some years back. I use Windows and work (as I type, ironically) and it's adequate. I'm glad I don't have to go under the hood (as I always did when I used a PC in 90's), and OS X is not only better, its actually fun. Windows is still, as i see it, a utilitarian tool, as it was in version 3.1 and before. Does anyone know someone who thinks Windows is fun? I doubt it. I my personal life, I deal with MS only when I want to. Office X is fine, and better than any alternative. We should all be very greatful for it, in fact, since it allows Apple Sales people to reasure want-to-be switchers that their old files will be fully readable on a Mac. I use a MS mouse, beacuse I like them. I play Age of Empires beacuse it is fun. The fact that MS ripped-off Mac OS does really bother me. But didn't Apple let them by signing that agreement way back when? And didn't Apple "borrow" the whole GUI (or wahteer it is) from Xerox first? Sure, Apple has gone on to be innovative over the years (iApps, iMac, the list goes on...), while the Windows world continues to be, basically, reactive. But does anyone try to give MS credit for being innovative in the first place? In short, Microsoft doesn't grate on me as badly as it does on some of us. I hope I'm not wistling past the graveyard, so to speak, but we've all found a way to live a life fairly free of the "evil empire." I'm sure that the sebsequent posts on this thread will persuade me otherwise.