Okay, I am convinced to move all of my software development efforts to an open-source platform. Evidence and commentary about the anti-competitive business practices of the software giant. Microsoft has been extremely successful in exploiting customers and our acceptance of poor software. This article provides commentary about the future software development practices, products, and licensing that Microsoft is using to ensure they remain number one. This is great for Microsoft, though I am not sure that it is what is best for innovation and consumers.
"Some suspect the R&D efforts are financed simply to keep talented people away from startups and competitors, but it’s probably simpler than that. Any innovation has to be retrofitted back onto the obsolete and hopelessly overcomplex Windows platform. This is highly limiting."
EULA give MS right to administer non MS programs
"To support all this, the Microsoft EULA (End user license agreement) you have ‘signed’ (by the act of using Windows XP or by downloading recent Service Packs and security fixes) specifically states that Microsoft has the right to inspect software on your PC and to change or disable that software as they wish, without notice to you, and without liability to Microsoft, to protect copyrights (including their own). This means Microsoft has complete administrative rights to your PC – home or business."
What! Since like most users I don’t actually read the End User License Agreement, I am shocked and concerned to find this out. I am concerned with the integrity and security of many of the records stored on my machine. In particular, since I run the practice management software for Dr. Kristin Heeney I am concerned that this EULA doesn’t meet the privacy legislation required by the Ontario Medical Act. I am going to be investigating moving the medical records into a different system as soon as possible.