I'm gonna poke a hornets nest here Since this thread is now Apple vs Microsoft, I would point out something that is seldom mentioned. If Steve Jobs were as smart a businessman as Bill Gates is, he would be as rich as Bill Gates and Bill Gates would not be nearly as rich as he is. In the beginning, when personal computer manufacturing companies were getting started, they all wanted to use the Apple OS. Steve Jobs fought tooth and nail (successfully) to prevent this from happening. His policy was, "If you want my OS, you buy my computer!" Bill Gates was eager to sell his OS to anyone that would buy it. As a result, every new computer manufacturer sold their computers with Bill Gates' OS. Since DOS, then Windows, was what was installed on all the mass marketed computers, that was the OS that the majority of applications were developed for. Even schools that initially were "Apple Territory" soon migrated to Microsoft products. This is probably the biggest factor in the success of Microsoft and relatively less success of Apple. Had Apple sold their OS to builders early on, Microsoft would have just been "another software company". Don't nobody throw rocks at me now, I am sitting in my bunker completely shielded.