What's the point of this article, and why the comparison with Apple?
The answer is quite simply: http://adage.com/article/digital/mac-pc-battle-microsoft-winning-perception/136731/ (as linked in the summary) Title being: "In Mac vs. PC Battle, Microsoft Winning in Value Perception" which pretty much sums up the comparison to Apple.
TFA basically claims that Microsoft is winning ground in the popularity contest which makes the price tag seem more appealing.
I personally don't agree, as many others point out in here, (the majority of) people look at the price tag first and don't understand the difference from Windows 7 to 8. They just need something that works, and all they know is that others buy PCs.
(...) Does this mean fewer commercials for viewers? Not likely, but one can hope.
Quite possibly not. It would mean more relevant commercials and less annoying flashing and screaming ads. Before Google entered, advertising on the internet with mere text was unheard of. By using very relevant ads both viewers/users and companies benefit. The issue with todays TV ads is that they are highly irrelevant. It's up to the company to make sure the ad gets displayed at the right time of day. Perhaps Google could improve upon this, so some of us can be freed of vacuum cleaner ads, unless they are robots.
... an episode of South Park (Night of the living homeless). Maybe they should try playing "California Love" and see where the darn critters go?
Spot on, Simon.
In fact, I had a short talk with a collegue today about this. Never hire someone on the basis that they "do HTML" - you don't know what you're getting. If you want a Frontend developer (the term that we use for CSS+HTML+JS) you should search for the in-depth experience with CSS.
Agreed on HTML is not developed, it's just written. However, the amount of work a true frontend developer uses on setting up a semi-complex design usually requires programming skills, which is why a good frontend developer usually has some sort backend experience.
Even if it's just PHP.
It takes a lot of skill to work with IE76 without loosing your mind. Skilled
Actually, there are a lot of campaigns that are doing just that. A quick search for "stop ie" will give you a handful of results.
I started one as well on www.mijav.dk under Projects. However mine is targeted on IE6. I suggest, if you really care about your idea, that you join one of these campaigns.
According to all the latest reports, there was no truth in any of the earlier reports.