Here’s a tiny story from my workplace. Management pushed Windows 10 workstations on all of us about two years ago - despite most of us being Linux developers
The killer app the suits wanted was Outlook of all things - which unsurprisingly never lived up to expectations. But we have lost person years of wasted effort on the development side, trying to work and kludge around an OS that’s not really our world, nor particularly compatible with what we do.
Now, call it Stockholm Syndrome, call it “you’ve got to play with the hand you’ve been dealt”, as a bona fide Windows hater, I adopted Edge (the new, Chromium based one) as my primary web browser. I’m not exactly sure why. I think part of it was pleasant surprise, or mild shock, that it actually worked.
Well that was until last week, when a friendly popup offered to shove all my data, including company passwords, into the M$ cloud - never changed my primary browser so quickly, and that was, mind you, with full support of the Windows-centric company IT, who had nothing more to say than they don’t support Edge.
Microsoft are not the user’s friend. They have never been, and will never be. Sometimes they’ll come along with a competitive product (I still marvel at C# and how something that good came out of M$ - it clearly must have been developed under the radar of the marketing suits). But even if you can’t see the strings attached, they’re there, and from decades of experience, I can tell that they are always just that little bit more evil than the other companies.