Why Get Off Microsoft

You may not think that Microsoft code is so dangerous, but there’s plenty of evidence to support that assertion. According to a report by the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), experts in security, technology, and economic policy agree that the reliance on a single technology, such as the Microsoft Windows operating system, by such an overwhelming majority of computer systems threatens the security of the U.S. economy and critical infrastructure.

The lack of variety makes Microsoft software a consistent target. Reliance on Microsoft software affects everyone, not just on a business or professional level, but also on a personal level. It may scare you to know that, in August 2003, the Department of Homeland Security announced that Microsoft would supply the software for the agency’s 140,000 desktops. The CCIA sent an open letter asking the department to reconsider.

While almost any company in America could be put under a microscope and made to look extremely hairy and ugly, the problem with Microsoft is that it dominates the entire information technology industry, including computer systems, applications, pocket devices, home entertainment systems, networks, and the Internet. Microsoft uses its domination to lock hardware manufacturers and consumers into using Microsoft software. That means you have no choice but hairy and ugly. Until now.

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