First, it would be best if you stopped telling people how to conduct themselves on general public forums. There is absolutely nothing wrong with my post or how it was presented. It's not your place to "teach" adults how to conduct themselves. I'm not one of your kids. I don't need to be given lessons.
I simply asked that you grant the courtesy of not using condescending language in your posts, which you obviously feel you must do. If you direct an answer to me, I expect it to be rational and without condescention and sarcasm. This is not the private forum, and I expect a little more respect here.
Overall, I didn't realize it was possible to miss the point that badly.
Perhaps you should have presented your case better.
The application of the general to the specific without evidence is a fallacy of logic.
I don't need to provide you links to court cases that never made it into a court room. I've witnessed examples of this sorts of decisions made due to ludicrous laws first hand. I suppose as witnesses are considered "evidence"..then I suppose there's your evidence.
Before I came a school teacher, I was an insider in the computer industry. I am well aware of what goes on.
It doesn't matter if the original topic about a spell checker specifically. The argument was targeted towards this general attitude that Microsoft some evil empire needing the rebel alliance to bring it down. I brought up another example to emphasise my point. I'm allowed to do that.
I am not trying to bring down Microsoft. I am trying to control it. There is a huge difference.
Most customers do not care if microsoft "bundles" software with the OS.
Most consumers are not educated enough to know why they should worry about bundling. Nevertheless, it is illegal for very good reasons, and there are people educated enough to know why.
What do you think Apples biggest marketing strategy is? Heck they had a TV commercial that called out the fact that everything you need it "bundled" with the OS. I don't care if they only sell it on their hardware.
Again, apples and oranges.
Windows was released with Windows 3.1. What does the original release date have to do with it?
As my point was missed, I'll explain it. Some minor updates aside, Outlook Express is 13 years old. In software terms, that's prehistoric.
It was never upgraded in 13 years? I find that hard to believe.
This is a spell checker we are discussing. How much upgraded could it be?
The original spell checker was designed for Office 95 which was built around COM. OE can use it because they were built off the same technologies. Office2k7 (and it's spell checker) is built on .Net technologies. They're as different as night and day.
Well, there it is. Your premise that the spell check was not compatable because of law suits is not valid, as this is the likely reason.
The law suit premise was a straw man.
That is an invalid argument as it ignores the market dynamic. Without Microsoft, these games would likely be running on GEOS or OS/2 Warp with the OpenGL 3D graphics API.
This is not an invalid argument. If anything, coming from someone that actually develops software for a living, it's validity is strengthened. Non developers telling people that actually do the job for a living what works and what doesn't, really doesn't hold much water.
This appeal to authority fallacy is logically invalid as well.
NONE of those technologies you have mentioned are as mature as Windows and DirectX. Two of them are long dead because nobody wanted them. Would they have survived with out windows? Would they have matured without windows?
One of them, at least, would have survived and would have matured just like Windows.
People didn't purchase 0S/2 because their computer already came with Windows.
GEOS started on the Commodore 64 and Atari platforms. It didn't stand a chance against Microsoft requiring Windows to be purchased with MS-DOS.
Perhaps, but the general consensus when they originally came out was that they were extremely difficult to develop for when compared to Windows. And that hinders creation of software to run on the OS. So nobody was going to create the "killer app" needed to push the OS over the edge.
The AmigaOS could multitask in hardware with only 512K of memory. It was much superior to Windows for many years.
OS/2 Warp had a Workplace Shell that Microsoft copied parts of for Windows 95, but Warp was a losing cause because of Windows ties with MS-DOS. Warp also had multitasking capabilities.
OpenGL was superior to DirectX and was the gaming standard until Microsoft used Windows to leverage DirectX.
Stating that no other company other than Microsoft could have created the defacto GUI standard for the PC ignores how markets work.
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