"Well, software patents need to be either done away with or completely reworked. What you see is, that companies have to be real careful what they do or they step onto another company’s patent. Microsoft has pushed for and bribed for a lot of these pro-software patent laws, and every once in a while you see them get sued under the same kind of law they were pushing for. They know that this will happen, and to them it’s an inevitable cost of doing business. Microsoft is not really a software company so much as they are a software patent company, Windows is not really unique or special as far as operating systems go, but Microsoft has learned how to make equivalent and incompatible “features” and use these to trap people into using their stuff."