But Microsoft has shown an ability to bounce back when caught behind the eight ball before, such when it came out with Windows 3.1 as its answer to the Mac -- or when it finally caught on to the importance of the Internet, subsequently leaving Netscape in the dust (although that little battle got the federal government on Microsoft's case).
Notably, this is not the first time Hansson has belittled what is going on at Microsoft. Previously, he referred to the Microsoft-driven WS-* ("WS star") specifications for Web services standardization as "WS death star." He made the alternative REST technology a critical cog in Rails 2.0.
Hansson's animosity toward Ballmer (and Microsoft as a whole) aside, it should be interesting to watch how Microsoft continues to fare under Ballmer's watch now that formidable challengers like Google, the formerly troubled Apple, and the Linux OS march onward.
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