A Day without Microsoft

Imagining a day without Microsoft – If the company we love to hate disappeared tomorrow, we'd be in for still more headaches Ephraim Schwartz, Did you ever hear the warning, “be careful what you wish for, it might come true?” Well, because Microsoft is the company most people love to hate, I decided to ask […]

Imagining a day without Microsoft – If the company we love to hate disappeared tomorrow, we'd be in for still more headaches

Ephraim Schwartz, Did you ever hear the warning, “be careful what you wish for, it might come true?” Well, because Microsoft is the company most people love to hate, I decided to ask a cross section of industry cognoscenti this simple question: What would happen if Microsoft and all of its technology disappeared tomorrow?

“Initially, panic in the streets,” says Tony Meadow, president of Bear River Associates, an ISV focusing on mobile applications. “[Microsoft] didn’t establish [its standards] in a nice sort of way, but they are the basis for a lot of things that we use and do with computers.”