Microsofts Anti-Consumer History

The list does not include specific employees or ex-employee, the reason is that I want to show the whole picture and individual stuff like this is too much to list here. I make one exception because the case went up to supreme court.

Actions of some individuals normally do not reflect the whole company unless they represent them directly like CEO etc.

Microsoft itself tend to kill all of their own products, first they buy their competition and then after some years when they see there is nothing more out from it to gain, they close their project and repeat the process.

Keep in mind that copyright laws vary wildly across countries and jurisdictions. I only list the stuff that is proven and one example – DOS – that cannot entirely confirmed nor denied, this case in history is a special and the reason why it got listed.

Ads in Microsoft products and OS

Microsoft took the idea from Apple and later Google who integrated ads into Apple Music, Apple Fitness and iCloud.

Antitrust Cases

I cannot list all 1000+ antitrust cases, some of them also never made it public because Microsoft handled them internal which means they paid the victim or Corp. before it went ever public.

Microsoft is committed to the highest standards of business ethics, including fair competition and compliance with antitrust laws.

This is taken from their own Antitrust Homepage.

Against users will and without consent

Anti-Consumer and Anti-competitive

GitHub under Microsoft Management


Lie about security chip

Market Manipulation

There is an entire forum for Microsoft, regarding manipulations, see here.

Stolen from Apple

  • Calculator function of Spotlight.
  • Continuity Continuum.
  • Free upgrades in eg. Windows 7, 8, 10, 11..
  • Microsoft Store, which is copied from Linux and or macOS.
  • Right-click using two fingers.
  • Screen Sharing, also known as Remote Desktop Connection, or shall we say NXHost and it was in NeXTStep long before Microsoft or Apple had it.
  • Siri becomes basically Cortana and is integrated into the OS, later Microsoft decided to make it an App.
  • Spotlight renamed to Search box in the bottom left corner and integrated into Cortana.
  • Track pad that perfroms multiple functions.
  • Windows 2.0 borrowed several elements from the Mac user interface.

Stolen Concepts and Ideas

For more criticism check out the Wikipedia entry.

Taking over Open Source Licenses

After Microsoft got busted they said it was a Bot who automatically adjust licenses for forks, for employees. Which is weird, they let it stand for weeks and months.



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