See also: Anti
Reasons people dislike the Windows Operating System:
- Viruses and worms that infect millions of Windows users.
- Poor reliability and security in Windows 95, 98, ME. Crashware.
- Multiple confusing sub-versions of the product: Windows 95 OSR 2.5, Windows 98 SE.
- Differences Between NT Server and Workstation Are Minimal but cost difference is high.
- Other Microsoft products - such as Microsoft Office - unfairly have access to its API, speeding up programs for its own internal benefit - a question at the anti-trust trial.
- Windows users, as they make up the majority, can often be less technically savvy than <code>*</code>Nix users. Thus, when a Windows user enters a technical discussion, they may not be taken seriously.
- People don't want to use an OS which monopolises markets.
- Increases user-level lock-in and associated risks
- Development of DRM into updates, patches, etc
- Crazy free-for-all system tray (not entirely Microsoft's fault but still highly annoying).
- Little control of what programs are allowed to run at startup, beyond the "Start Up" area of the Start Menu, where some programs don't volunteer themselves.
- The source is not open. Thus nobody, except a group of elite, can look what a Windows component actually does, how it works, how it could be made better.
- GUI oriented rather then CLI oriented. Hard to chose a differrent Desktop Environment, hard to get the OS thrived on CLI.
- Seems sometimes to innovate only at the barrel of a gun:
- Creating Windows 2000 after UNIX continued to make inroads on the server.
- Created a reliable desktop only after Linux, a much less user-friendly desktop, was far less crash-prone.
- Added video editing in Windows XP only after OS X entered the market.
- Or perhaps not at all being innovative ('Microsoft - on the lack of innovation' and 'Why I hate Microsoft', paragraph 1)