Why Do Tech Bloggers Hate Microsoft?

Why Do Tech Bloggers Hate Microsoft?Recently, I was reading InfoWorld (which I sadly don’t do often, although it is an amazing source of information) when I saw an article by J. Peter Bruzzese of the Enterprise Windows blog called Microsoft in the Media: Unfair and unbalanced.

In this article, Bruzzese discusses a “growing trend”: that “if Microsoft does something a little off, it gets bashed to the ground for it. But if Google, Apple, or Facebook… misstep, it generally gets mild reprimands and even support from the media and those drinking the Kool-Aid.”

He notes that just about every Microsoft idea has gotten shot down, and facts warped to support anyone but Microsoft. Take the good products it has made. See any focus on Azure? Zune? Xbox? I think even anti-Microsofties can agree that they company has made some good products, but Microsoft itself continues to exploit its own vulnerabilities.

While Apple and Google choose to go the consumer route, Microsoft has also had a lets-go-business-only streak as of lately. While Google decided to popularize its half-baked office suite Google Docs by making it consumer-friendly and available easily to its existing customers, Microsoft’s platforms are closed to the public, hard to access, and buggy on just about any browser other than Internet Explorer. So, if you want to go Microsoft, it’s all or nothing.

Perhaps it just has bad PR, but I think that there is a sort of arrogance that seems to permeate the entire company.

Apple, Facebook, and Google have this arrogance, too. I’ve dealt with their sales reps, their developers, and their managers. But at least they know how to hide it. Every misstep is overlooked as they manage to maintain a fluent dialogue with their customers.

If they do want to force you to go all or nothing, they do it in stages. They sell to you over time, pushing you closer and closer to switching entirely to their platform. Or, they just ‘really, really encourage’ you to switch — again, and again, and again — almost subliminally.

There is also another problem, in my opinion. Technology has politics, too. There are the liberal go-getters, the ones who put everything on the line, all or nothing — and then the more conservative companies, the ones that stick with a traditional game plan.

I’m not talking about US politics here, but let’s admit it: Most consumers tend to hold the more liberal companies in higher regard. We recognize that it takes a lot of courage to take risks in the tech sector, and we seem to have some sort of personal connection to these companies. We end up rooting for them, championing their innovation, and trying to convince ourselves that their mistakes are only small hitches on a smooth road.

We consistently think that companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook have some sort of ‘plan’ for us, like they know better. Therefore, if they make any mistakes, they must have ‘planned’ to make them, and they are just ahead of their time. It’s exactly what they could have wished for. We are becoming polarized Apple, Google, or Facebook fanboys, and we are taking up positions in these tech politics like we do in our society, establishing ourselves as Democrats, Republicans, and Libertarians; we are shaping the technology industry in our image!

Tech bloggers are just smitten with Apple and Google, even though their days of risky innovation are over. They are too big to do that anymore. But, they had a good start — and that’s how we’ll remember them. Microsoft has seemingly always been involved in controversy, whether it really did steal ideas from Steve Jobs or released buggy operating systems not ready for prime time. During these times, Apple and Google championed themselves as alternatives, adding to the anti-Microsoft mindset.

These companies realized long ago that their real war was not between themselves, but rather Microsoft vs. Everyone Else. They have worked hard, together, to make sure Microsoft has trouble.

It’s just good business for them.

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Phillip Hedayatnia is the founder of streaming network The Netcast Network, Web design, authoring and media agency CrazyDragon Interactive Media, and hack lab CrazyDragon Technologies. He is also an entrepreneur working with Shaker LaunchHouse, Augmented Reality Cleveland, and is the inventor of the YouCue TV digital streaming box. You can watch Phillip on The Netcast Network (netcastnetwork.net) and listen to him on NCNradio (ncnradio.crazydragon.net).

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    “if Microsoft does something a little off, it gets bashed to the ground for it.” if that little something is Windows 8 then HAHA, because it’s a huge fuck up

    • Curtis Coburn

       I would kind of agree. I really don’t like the look that Microsoft is going with, with all the tiles, and pictures, kind of annoys me. As for how user friendly it is, I’ve never used a Windows 8, so  have no idea what the experience is like on it.

      • Matt Whitehead

        frustrating without touch. You can get a preview copy and install it wherever is easy for you. VirtualBox will run it (a bit slowly) so you can mess with it. I didn’t care for it. They really went all or nothing on the whole touch thing. It “works” with a mouse, but not really.

  • http://www.caseyfrennier.com/ Casey Frennier

    Niche marketing maybe?

  • http://www.mstechpages.com/ Dustin Harper

    I agree. Microsoft names something “wrong” and get’s reamed for it (Windows 8 RT). Apple comes up with something stupid, and it’s cool. 

    Microsoft was innovative and risk taking at one time, but now they take a lot less risk when they should be taking more. Apple & Google have gotten to the point where they don’t want to be risky so they don’t tarnish their good name.

    Not all tech sites are against Microsoft. Mine is pro-softies, but Metro UI is still not on my good side on a laptop.

    • Edlak

      Windows 8 sounds like a risky move to me.

    • http://www.caseyfrennier.com/ Casey Frennier

      I know they have had a lot of products that have just flopped.
      Zune, Kin, Vista(which I never personally had any problems with), must have all been risky to have done so poorly. 
      I’m not sure innovation is the issue since most people I talk to wish that they just left Windows XP alone so they didn’t all have to re-learn how to use their computers again.

  • Timothy Gurguis

    They are not creative, they look at Apple for their ideas, its been true since windows 3

  • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

    I think it’s a bit simpler than that.  Anything Apple or Google drives traffic, but (because perhaps of your reasoning, above) Microsoft draws yawns.  The only thing that comes close to the traffic of even an “OMG Apple moved a pixel!!!” post is a Microsoft bashing one.  The tech press knows what sells.

  • Bill

    …I miss windows 98.  :(

  • Kevin Michael

    Times are changing…constant with all of these GIANTs.I look for ease of use with simple  format…I think most are trying to hard…

  • Curtis Coburn

    Well I’m a Google Fanboy. I’d admit it. I am all Google because I choose to be that Way. But my mind is always open to other things. Like, I want to get a MacBook Air for my next computer, not a Chromebook. But there are times where the fanboy has to not support them. Like me, I don’t think the Chromebook in its current stage is good enough. It needs more options, more customizations, more open, better for education, and better software on the Internet so that it possibly could tap its way into a full on operating system. Competition is good, and Microsoft is not the only people in the game anymore. I think Microsoft has to realize that that are not that important anymore, and they need to make things better for their customers. Easy, like Apple and Google does.

    • http://www.mstechpages.com/ Dustin Harper

       I’m a Microsoft fanboy. :) My next purchase will be an iPad. Apple isn’t bad, it just isn’t what I can use to get my work done. The iPad is a chance for me to go from Android (which is superior in the tablet space – it’s so open and free) to a stable OS. When Windows 8 is released, I’ll probably get a Windows powered tablet. But, I don’t mind buying Apple. I may like Microsoft, but that doesn’t make the competitors suck…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jean-Donnel/100000571098160 Jean Donnel

    I use the Microsoft OS, Google for search and a few other Google apps.  Have an Apple MP3 Player, but tend to then use independent programs for word processing, excel like applications, etc.,   I dislike when Microsoft is always trying to force me to use their MS home page instead of my selected one, and to use their search engines instead of google.   Lately, have started to dislike Apple and Google for attempting to force me, and then constantly harp on using THEIR programs for everything.   

    I think being independent, using what programs I like, for uses that are needed is a far better fit. 

  • Wolfee Darkfang

    “Microsoft has also had a lets-go-business-only streak as of lately”
    Which sheds a little light on the reason Windows 8 is crap. They aren’t used to dealing with the consumer market lol.

  • Wolfee Darkfang

    But to be fair, Apple gets it’s share of criticism too.  Not for the same reasons, but for being TOO good, to a point it’s fanboyed a lot and people assume because Apple made something, they did it first…

  • Rachel Eliason

    I think the problem has less to do with its product line then it has to do with business practice. The comments about MS being all or nothing is the perfect example. I use open source software. There are several MS programs I would like to use but I would have to switch to their platform. There are many things they do well, but there are many things they do poorly (like security). 

  • RaterKey

    For what it is worth, I think Apple gets it pretty bad too. Perhaps not on the tech press but in the real world, from real users. They are pretty much the company that people love to hate right now, and the number of Apple fanboy jokes goes up and up and up… Any semi-pro Apple YouTube video or blog post gets absolutely hammered with fanboy accusations.

    I guess that right now I could be accused of being a little bit of a Microsoft and Google fanboy. My OSs of choice at this point are Windows 7 on main system, Android on my phone, and Ubuntu on my 12.1 inch ultraportable. In general I am a bit of a heavy Google user, using Gmail for both business use and personal, largely using Docs over any other office suite. This is a great combo, the OS doesn’t matter much as I can access my documents from any machine running any OS.

    On Windows I do tend to use Visual Studio for .NET coding, so I am heavily in the Microsoft boat there. And Capture NX for RAW processing. But when I don’t have to code or do image processing the OS doesn’t matter much anymore. My core apps are DropBox, KeePass, and also GIMP as I find myself editing images often. Weirdly I never learned to use PhotoShop despite having in on work machines before, once I learned GIMP long long ago I didn’t see the need.

    I stay away from iOS on phone for a few reasons: firstly I’ve invested a fair bit on Android apps already. Secondly, I trust Google to support its services more on Android than iOS, this is proven by iOS’ traditionally poor Gmail support. And lastly I prefer the non-Apple hardware, the screens and bigger, the choice is greater, and I can carry a spare battery.

    I’ve been an Linux user for many many years, I guess at one point I could have been accused of being a Linux fanboy and in fact some people still do. But Windows 7 did a lot to change my allegiances, whereas at one point you wouldn’t have seen a single Windows machine at my home, there’s only one OS I will consider for my main machine right now an that’s Windows 7.

    Having said that, I will be jumping into the Apple boat soon, as I’ll be getting an iPad 3 (yeah, I’m not calling it new iPad…) as there’s no denying that there’s only one tablet choice right now and that’s the iPad. But I don’t envisage switching fully to Apple, I’m still too deep in the C# .NET world and I actually don’t like Apple hardware that much, preferring high end Dell or ThinkPad. I disagree with Jony Ive in that sharp edged aluminum all round is not what I would call a comfy nice organic laptop. Give me metal internals and a hard-wearing plastic shell over super sharp edged aluminum anyday!

  • http://neonguru.net/ neonguru

    I <3 Microsoft!

  • Reed

    Aaaaw! C’mon! it’s just too easy to hate Microsoft! The illegal manipulation of their OS to sink competitors, their public beta-testing through v.9.0, their god-awful user interface gaffes, their “we know better than you what you want” attitude; what’s not to hate?

  • http://www.caseyfrennier.com/ Casey Frennier

    I’m mostly just mad that they killed off Clippy.  Working with Office was like working with a friend back then.  Now it’s cold and impersonal. 

    • http://www.mstechpages.com/ Dustin Harper

      They are getting a bit more risky – Windows 8. But, Zune was based on a proven product: iPod. Kin was a standard smartphone. Vista was different, but not too bad.
      Putting all their eggs in the touchscreen basket is a bit more risky. Windows 95 was a complete UI overhaul.
      I am a Microsoft fan, but a lot of what they’ve done lately really hasn’t been too risky up until Win8.

      I miss the puppy dog.

      • http://www.caseyfrennier.com/ Casey Frennier

        I think it could be argued that Windows 8 is just an iPad with that logic.

        UI overhauls are risky in that they are stupid. If people have to relearn how to use Windows or Office they may as well learn Macs or Ubuntu and iWork or Libre Office. I’m sure the Windows Classic Theme is still included though so not a big deal but it will still scare some people off that don’t know how to change themes.When I talked about risk I was referring more to the fact that they are trying to compete with those proven products with such a huge share of the market or that even invented the market. Really they haven’t managed to make that work since the Xbox.

        Clippy > Dog

        • http://www.mstechpages.com/ Dustin Harper

          True on the iPad comment.

          UI improvements aren’t stupid, really, as long as they work and bring something new to the table. Otherwise, we’d be using Mac Classic and DOS on everything.

          If Microsoft brought out half the stuff they have in Microsoft Labs, they’d have a huge hit with Windows 8. I’ve seen some amazing stuff that was publically shown from there that will never hit retail. Sad. Innovative, risky, but absolutely amazing.

          Dog > Clippy

          • http://www.caseyfrennier.com/ Casey Frennier

            I agree that UI improvements are not stupid. I think UI overhauls are. WIndows 7 grouping icons on the taskbar for example, is a lovely improvement over the XP taskbar.

            I’ve played around alot with windows 8 in a virtual machine on my laptop. I wouldn’t call much of what they’ve done with the UI an improvement. I really tried to give it a fair shake but I find alot of Metro to be un-intuitive on a desktop or laptop. And without a start button you are kind of forced to use it unless you go to a classic theme.
            I picked up my first iPhone and I could immediately use everything on it. I never needed a manual or any instruction.  I imagine the iPad is the same way for those who haven’t used  an iPad or an iPhone before. I just don’t think people will pick up a windows 8 laptop with metro on it and start using it like they did with 7. 

            Even in tablet land, as far as intuitive design goes, I think Windows 8 is a big step down from iOS or Ice Cream Sandwich. Like, just shutting down for example takes going to a extremely tiny icon (that you have to hover over to see) in the lower right then going to settings then power then blah. (To be fair I guess it never really made sense in an intuitive way to have to go to the “start” menu to stop your computer but at least people have come to accept it and through repetition for like 20 years have.) On a tablet it may be fine though with buttons to take the place of some of the harder to figure out stuff. 

            I will say that Windows 7 the way it is now does really suck on a tablet. I’ve used things like Splashtop and Jaadu and the desktop UI is totally out of place on a touchscreen device. I think that should be the first clue that a touchscreen UI would be out of place on a desktop or laptop device. That in a nutshell is why I think it’s stupid.

            Why take all those people that know how to use Windows and turn them into n00bs again? If you force them to learn something new they may just choose to learn something else (like OSX). I can already hear the phone ringing with my parents on the line ready to ask me how to shut down their computers.
            Clippy is so, so, so much > Dog

  • Shannon Linquist

    I don’t have a hatred towards Microsoft. It’s just that the Redmond companys’ products are usually over priced and their closed door policy always left a sour taste in my mouth . Don’t get me wrong. I use Windows 8 and I think the Metro UI places a unique spin on things. (the boot time for Win 8 has impressed me)

    But I have a good question to set before Microsoft. 
    Whats so great about your products when I can get the same quality product which is open source for free?

    I have a multiboot system and switch between Windows 8 ($199?) and Ubuntu (free)
    Between Microsoft Office Professional ($170) and Open Office 3.3 (free)
    I have a Samsung Tab 10.1 that uses Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) that I can download plenty of free apps from the market.
    I use Google Docs when not at home to print out invoices for customers.

    See what I’m getting at? Open source is is where you can collaborate and improve on. MS is just beginning to head that way with Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc and it took them over 20 years to realize open source is the best way.

    • http://www.mstechpages.com/ Dustin Harper

      Quality & support. Open Source isn’t up to par with those two. They can be great, yes. I love a lot of OS material. I use Fedora or Mint instead of Ubuntu, though. Open Office is great, but it isn’t up to the Office standard. Microsoft products work very very well, the support is excellent, and the compatibility is amazing.

      Although, I wouldn’t mind an ‘apt-get install msoffice’ on Mint Linux. That’d make my day.  

  • Joe Private

    Why do Tech Bloggers hate Microsoft?   A.) They regularly engage in anti-competitive practices, and these practices have set society back over a decade in terms of where we might have been had Microsoft not existed; B.) They regularly release products that are JUNK; C.) They are not, nor have ever been, “innovative”; D.) Their main interest is soaking up as many revenues from the consumer as possible; E.) They don’t use the monies they earn to repair their products, because they know if they ever released a perfect version of windows, they couldn’t sell any more versions of it. 

    Where Steve Jobs was truly innovative, trying to make society BETTER for everyone with revolutionary ideas…the motives of Microsoft, by contrast, is just to separate people from their money (called “monetization”).  They are a greedy corporate parasite only interested in profits.  They don’t care if they steal IP from other companies (unless they get sanctioned); they don’t care that their users are constantly forced to buy products they already have, they were even caught engaging in the unauthorized collection of personal information off of their own user’s computers to use for their own market advantage.

    Let’s not kid ourselves.  Windows was, and still is, a junk operating system.  From the hundreds of blue screens of death we all encountered in the nineties, to the infinite hourglasses, the abysmally long loading times upon start up (which we still have today), to the security flaws and constant need for patches and updates, the fact that Microsoft Windows stores files in directories that are “hidden” to even the user of the computer (even when “view hidden files” is selected), the fact that Windows systems STILL are prone to viruses (dozens of versions later you would think they would have solved this by now!), to the fact that the Windows registry is barely functional and is prone to attack; to the fact that when something “breaks” in Microsoft you usually need to completely reformat/reinstall to repair; to the fact you usually can’t reconfigure settings/install new software in your system without requiring a full restart, to the fact that every version they take away more and more control from the user (even though it’s your computer).

    I’m not even going to address the fact that they inappropriately bundled IE with their Operating system (which they should have been sanctioned heavily for!!), that they misappropriated the whole idea of Windows; or that their little marketing “trick” of not making the latest version of DirectX compatible in prior versions of windows (so if new software comes out, you are essentially compelled to buy the latest version of Windows to get it). Apparently they have the legal system in their pocket because each time they are ordered to split the company or change their business practices, they walk away with a mere slap on the wrist.

    The real question isn’t why people hate Microsoft.  The real question is why does anyone LIKE microsoft?

  • DavidD

    a. ‘Set society back over a decade’? Can you even hear yourself…Microsoft enable OEMs to do their thing (bye bye HP, Dell without MS), developers can actually become developers (nobody is going to develop freeware if you have to pay for licensing, such as with Apple, or if you get an inconsistent user experience, as with Linux), without an open platform to develop apps for, it would be like browsing the App Store. Only pre-approved, big name apps.

    b. ‘Regularly release products which are junk’. Sorry, but if you are running Windows XP or Windows 7 (like the majority of Windows user base is) and you are getting long load times and hourglasses, you need to upgrade your 10 year old computer! I haven’t had to rebuild my windows installation for 3 years, its called good housekeeping.

    c. ‘They have never been innovative’. Ok, so lets forget about Kinect, the Xbox 360 (just let Sony have a monopoly), Surface (not the tablet, look it up if you don’t know), Windows embedded (without which lots of AV products wouldn’t have existed), and more geeky stuff like Powershell, .NET, OneNote, Alt+Tab to switch apps, ActiveX. I could literally go on and on and on.

    d. ‘Main interest is soaking up money’. O…k…could you back this one up with proof. Last time I looked, Apple were the most profit rich company in the world. This means that they sell a lot of products (but not as much as MS) and their mark up is gigantic. That’s how you make money. Oh, and Bill Gates being the worlds most prolific philanthopist kind makes your point moot.

    e. ‘They don’t use the monies they earn to repair their products’. The fact that XP (the decade old OS) is still receiving security and critical updates 10 years later also makes your point moot. You won’t find another OS (OSX, Linux) which has such a long end of life. So I would say that they are constantly and consistently repairing their products.

    A few other mistakes you made…Steve Jobs never tried to make the world a better place, he just made a couple of amazing products which brought his company back from the dead. And made a whole heap of money. As I said, Bill Gates is literally trying to make the world a better place. He was the worlds richest man, but he lost that title because he gave so much money away. Next, unauthorised collection of personal information? I’m pretty sure Apple & Google were both caught doing that last year with smartphones. Moaning about hidden files and patches? They are doing exactly what you said they don’t do, protecting you from security exploits and making sure you don’t accidentally delete all your system files. BSOD’s are in the past (the 90’s, like you said), so I’m not even sure why you mentioned it.

    Every version they take away more control? Explain please, I can still do everything I could do with Windows 2000 with Windows 8 and really I have way more control. Bundling a browser with an Operating System is pretty routine, would you rather they forced you to go and download a 3rd party browser….oh wait, without a browser you can’t do that! At least they’ve actually made it law in the EU to force MS to give you a browser choice screen (Apple give you Safari, no choices there). And lastly, why should they put DX10 in a decade old Operating System? If you’ve got DX10, why would you use XP anyway?

    Do your research next time you decide to have an uninformed rant.