Aren't you guys forgetting something? This was the same company that pissed off alot of younger, less, powerful companies out there to date.
Back then Microsoft was stepping on alot of toes, locking people out of their own software either through the courtrooms, or just by "sheer bullying", creating their own 'pirated' versions of it (like Steve Jobs said) which lead to the birth of Win16-32 viruses of all sorts.
Companies like Peter Norton, 1dirplus (wonderplus), Borland, Netscape, Oracle, Sun and our own homegrowned Hilgraeve Hyperterminal - The list goes on... [google]
Hackers worked at these places and when the lights went out...
This is the main reason Linux is gaining momentum; People don't like parents in their lives once we get a taste of that open source! True.