Mod parent up. Microsoft actually makes a compelling suite of products that, while not free, get the job done as advertised and are far cheaper than any of the other enterprise solutions out there (e.g. IBM). With their products I can deliver better results in less time. I don't want to be l33t, I just want to get the job done.
Hugh Pickens writes writes: "There was a time in the 1990's when Sun, at its wealthiest, was poised to buy Apple when it was at the lowest point in its storied history and now eWeek reports on how the deal for Sun to buy Apple fell through. "Back in late 1995 early '96, when we were at our peak, we were literally hours away from buying Apple for about $5 to $6 a share," says former Sun CEO Ed Zander. "I don't know what we were going to do with it, but we were going to buy it." Sun co-founder Scott McNealy adds that there was an investment banker on the Apple side who basically blocked it. "He put so many terms into the deal that we couldn't afford to go do it." Would there be iPhones, iPads and iPods on the market today if Sun Microsystems had been able to close a deal to buy out Apple in the mid-1990s? No, says McNealy. "If we had bought Apple, there wouldn't have been iPods or iPads... I'd have screwed that up.""
autospa writes: "In a three and a half minute video, Microsoft may have shown the world what it has in store for the eagerly awaited Windows 8. In the video Microsoft showed a radically different interface from past versions of Windows — even Windows 7. Running on Surface 2, the touch-screen successor to the original Microsoft Surface, the device accepts input from a Windows Phone 7 handset (HTC HD7). Gone are the icons that drive Windows, OS X, and Linux operating systems of past and present. In their place are "bubbles" that interacted with files and post streaming information off the internet."