Once you start with MS your paths close up until the only remaining one is: they own you. Maybe if Novell had stayed away from Microsoft they'd be doing better now. Red Hat is doing really very well.
Not true, Apple was once close to Microsoft. M$ even bought shares from Apple but now, Apple is a big competitor.
In a five year period we can get one superb programming language. Only we can't control when the five year period will begin.