@ScottWelker: Then why are you here? Just because you think something should be different doesn't make it the right way to do it. If you are unhappy with how things turned out then go someplace else and don't look back. If you think any other company is going to listen to you even a fraction of what Microsoft does then you are severely deluded. You think Apple gives a flip about what you think?
I feel bad for Microsoft at times dealing with all of these spoiled children.
@Icthiodrak, I am here to try to "keep up" and occasionally chime in. Of course you are quite right. My opinion is just that. I suspect I am not alone and I sincerely sympathize with JamieMitchell. However he - and I - are not spending our time productively "spitting into the wind". I thought my post could help others do as you suggest - move on.
As for Apple, I made a conscience decision to avoid their closed environment for much the same reason I am increasingly pushed toward Linux.
Thanks for your thoughts. Name calling notwithstanding, we don't disagree - much.