lexipixel - 5:25 pm on Jul 8, 2012 (gmt 0)
fanboi?...me?... HUGE fanboi! and for a darn good reason!...
We (= WORLD) probably wouldn't be here now if not for M$ ... ;)
("Here now" = Today's Internet)
You could not be more wrong.
Microsoft thought "the internet", (and TCP/IP in general), was a passing fad.
I had my own web server in-house before Microsoft had a web site.
When MS finally rolled out IIS, and MS-IE, the internet was well underway -- all Microsoft did was apply monopolistic business practices to (attempt) to knock Mosaic based browsers like Netscape Navigator and non-Microsoft based servers off the market.
Without Microsoft "in the way" web standards would have developed much faster, and all the non-standards compliant work that hundreds of thousands of people had to do to compensate for MS's crappy development tools, browsers and servers would have led to a much more evolved internet today.