Another nice opinion article from Paul Thurrott. Enjoy
I've been an unwitting accomplice in a deception that has gone on for too long, and now I'd to apologize for that and set the record straight. I'm referring of course to the convenient story that Microsoft's antitrust woes in the United States--and then again later in Europe--were responsible for a lost decade in which the software giant abandoned its drive, its aggression, and its position of dominance over the tech industry, ceding the way for faster, smarter competitors like Apple and Google. Like other conspiracy theories, however, this story became common knowledge simply because it seems right. It makes sense. It's believable. But it's almost complete baloney. It's a myth.
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