One of the key benefits MS has...
is that they've made a lot of the mistakes these other companies are now making: Apple with it's patent wars, google with it's intrusiveness as two prime examples. Apple and Google will probably mature with time. Of course it could be that Microsoft just got better at hiding it's illicit activity but I'm hoping they outgrew it instead. I think the fear with Google may be based mostly on the fact that they have rather spectacularly managed to index the internet. That doesn't necessarily translate into them indexing our data although it easily could.
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