I have recently begun to think kinder thoughts about Microsoft. Why so? But everyone hates Microsoft, you are thinking.
Well, I could merely be mellowing in my old age. Just don’t count on it! Or it could be dementia (always a possibility). But I think it has more to do with the fact that although they are scarcely a warm and cuddly corporation, they do do a number of things well.
For instance, I do all my serious writing in MS Word—and rate it highly. Then there is Windows Live Writer—which is what I’m writing in now—and which I like a great deal (though it has its quirks). And finally, let me say that I think Microsoft are doing a lot of good things on the web—their re-vamped Hotmail, for instance.
As for Windows 8.1, which I liked initially before I discovered I didn’t know where anything was any more—and I’d have to go back to school (so to speak) it works so much better than the earlier versions of Windows that I am inclined to forgive the fact that the team who worked on it were clearly nuts in usability terms.
So far so good. But then I found myself having to move from an old PC to a newer one—and I regressed into: Let’s shoot Bill Gates mode. Yes I know he is now a highly regarded philanthropist—but that is only to expiate the crimes against mankind he committed by introducing Windows to the world; and then not replacing it with a decent operating system which allowed programs to be transferred effortlessly, and didn’t hide Windows Live files in weird places.
And now I read that he is going back to advise the new CEO. Given his track record with Windows, all I can say is: We should be very afraid.
Maniacal laugh—and creepy music!