Re: what a lot of people..
"won't admit is that MS was a good thing for home computing and helped push drive, creation and ambition"
Utter tripe. DOS was a bought in monitor system with a few tweaks added and Windows 3 was a knock-off of OS/2 which was FAR superior. You revisionist history also conveniently forgets that back in 1990 MacOS was also leagues ahead of Windows in features, creativity and ambition. Windows always was and still is a me-too product. It played catch up with MacOS on the desktop and on the server side its still playing catch up with Unix.
The ONLY reason it became popular was the drip down effect from business and the cheap commodity hardware of x86 PCs. It had bugger all to do with Windows being superior at anything.
"Remember, choice isn't a good thing all the time"
Really? Well I hope you remember that when you're next down the supermarket. Just make sure you only buy tins of beans and nothing else.
The only reason we lack choice now (Linux excepted) is Apple & IBM charging unreasonable prices and Amiga and Commodore both being run into the ground by idiots. The Amiga and ST blew PC hardware into the weeds and given proper support, backing and a decent business model they'd have probably left it there with Bill Gates and Microsoft being confined to the Where Are They Now? lists with x86 hardware being run on the server side by a combination of OS/2 and some version of Unix.