Ah, a fine discussion.
Bill Gates, i believe, was an amazing guy. Left college after 1st year, started building stuff in own garage, knew what people wanted, fantastic visions, and builded a software gigant. Along the way however views changed into lawyers etc etc. What are your views on microsoft and microsofts efforts in software at the moment.
I believe that posts stating "OMG I H8 MS KUZ AYE HAV A CRAPZORZ PCZORZ" will make you look very stupid. Same for "MS SUX LINUX ROX BUT I USE WINDOWS"
That said, making an OS aint easy and windows as beeing the most popular one got all the haxorz. activex components in internet explorer intended for extra browsing features were exploited for spyware use, and so on.
As for tabbed browsing, MS is a huge company and the bigger you get the harder to update because it reflects the entire company, so they'd rather let it be like it is. Still, 6 years for a big update (coming with longhorne) is a long wait.
MS acted like a jealous god and crushed other companies, in my opinion, too soon. They're also one of the few software companies pumping much money in R&D.
Because i'm sure some will say get firefox i'll save them the effort. Use firefox. Or Avantbrowser
like me (IE addon)