Re: You MS haters are amusing!
"Microsoft is firing on all cylinders."
Yes, an antiquate single-cylinder, 2-stroke in desperate need of a tune and fresh oil.
"There's lots of good news, lots of energy, lots of work going on."
There's lots of PR puffery and a fair amount of FUD spreading too (e.g. Munich). There's also a lot of panic back-pedalling too (e.g. Win 8 Start Menu).
"The stock price has been surging"
Back to ~1999 levels you mean. Remind me...when did they get convicted of monopoly abuse?Ah yes, 2001 and it was a steady slide into their nadir of Feb 2009. If you don't go bankrupt, you stock can only really go one way - regression to the mean. That's what's happened to MS. Not that surprising really.
"They got their mojo back."
They never *HAD* any mojo. That's the point of MS. Staid, dull, drab, boring. The mojo was off with Apple and has almost always been with F/OSS (that roiling cauldron of innovation, crazy plans and actual competition).
"You can hate on them all you want"
I don't hate them. I utterly despise them and am disgusted that I have to work with their septic shit every day. Although I am slowly managing to migrate away from it to tools that actually work and don't phone-home.
"while making believe they are the same Microsoft you came to hate"
Oh, but they are. I think the continuing issues over the Windows Tax (I am told it's near impossible to remove Win 8 without first accepting the EULA), the Android Tax, the ODF FUD being spread, the OOXML clusterfuck, the SecureBoot fiasco and so on give us plenty enough reason to not "hate" MS, but to avoid using any of their products whenever possible.
"I think you are going to be disappointed and proven wrong."
"Thus spake largefile on 4/2/14!"
I think you'll find you didn't.