Microsoft is no longer actively bad, the way it was under Ballmer. That doesn’t make it good, though. There’s forty years of dirty tricks that MS has to make up for just to get back to neutral, and it’ll probably take forty years, for those of us with long memories and a familiarity with history, to decide that this new direction is something more substantial than a PR move or a short-lived utopian optimism.

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