lexipixel - 11:33 pm on Jul 8, 2012 (gmt 0)
Microsoft standardized the PC
...umm sorry, but again, wrong. The "PC" was standardized as you put it by IBM.
Other than a toll collecting system Bill Gates coded when he was very young, Microsoft has simply copied what others have already done, given away the software to destroy any chance of profitability for competitors, then once they have "stolen" a market, they jack up the prices.
From WordPerfect, to Lotus 1,2,3 to Netscape, the companies that have fallen to Microsoft's anti-competitive, anti-innovation business practices over the past 30 years have stifled the market. Even the latest "surface" is not a Microsoft R&D product -- they bought the rights to the multi-touch "table" invented by Jeff Han.
To bring this back on topic --- like Microsoft (which entered the tech market as an OS and programming language development company), Google, (which entered the tech market as a search engine), both have fallen victim to their own self-induced "jack of all trades master of none" malady -- brought on and compounded solely by greed.