Heh, Bill Gates is the true cancer. Microsoft sucks in oh so many ways.
Around 100 years ago, both electirc and gasoline powered vehicles were making great strides. Once gasoline powered vehicles got the edge, guess what happened?
The oil monopoly (called Standard Oil at the time) bought up nearly all the electric engine patents, and essentially did nothing with them.
In a similiar vein was the Tucker Automobile, being pushed out of existance by the Big 3 (Ford,GM,&Chrysler).
The only thing that keeps my faith that the PC operating system market isn't entirely doomed is the fact that Windows is just such a crappy OS, eventually people will just stop using it altogether as I did.