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"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

theodp (442580) writes | about 6 months ago


theodp (442580) writes "A conversation with an angry young developer prompts Microsoft Program Manager Scott Hanselman to blog about Microsoft Haters: The Next Generation. "The ones I find the most interesting," says Hanselman, are the 'Microsoft killed my Pappy' people, angry with generational anger. My elders hated Microsoft so I hate them. Why? Because, you wronged me." The U.S. and Japan managed to get over the whole World War II thing, Hanselman notes, so why can't people manage to get past the Microsoft antitrust thing, which was initiated in 1998 for actions in 1994? "At some point you let go," he suggests, "and you start again with fresh eyes." Despite the overall good-humored, why-can't-we-get-along tone of his post, Hanselman can't resist one dig that seems aimed at putting things into perspective for those who would still Slashdot like it's 1999: "I wonder if I can swap out Chrome from Chrome OS or Mobile Safari in iOS.""

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Microsoft still doesn't get it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46314891)

Seems MS fails to see why they were -and are- hated in the first place. That has nothing to do with a single antitrust case, or shipping browsers.

And yes, they kindly remind any generation why they should be hated, from sucky user interfaces, endless useless dialogs, buggy and slow update procedures that require a tonload of reboots, blue screens, calling linux a disease, killing skype, selling broken xbox's, pushing tablet interfaces on desktops to refusing to support the most successfull release (XP) ever, and this list goes on and on - antitrust and including browsers are just little formality stains on this list.

I'm quite sure that young generation makes up a mind for themselves. If any, they are better informed now, and have access to alternatives. Kids not blindly follow parents, changes they oppose their parents opinions are about just as high.

Mr. Hanselman, don't try to blame parents, and this war is anything from over yet.

MS really have to thank itself for being hated. And they succeeded to do so in a way no other company managed before. Because every bit of their products have the nasty smell of their attitude. That's why.

Disclaimer: i don't hate Microsoft. I just dislike them.

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