How Microsoft became tech’s good guy

Preston Gralla at Computerworld:

Once upon a time, Microsoft symbolized all that was wrong with the tech world: greedy, monopolistic, single-mindedly focused on profits while caring little about the public good. In the heyday of Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, the company ran roughshod over competitors in its attempt to corral the worldwide market for both operating systems and application software.

But today, Microsoft has embraced the role of the tech world’s better angel. And as events show in recent weeks, that’s not hype. The company has, to some extent, tried to act as the industry’s conscience as well as taking actions for the greater good.

Microsoft has somewhat surprisingly fallen off my radar in recent years, but it’s good to see them taking the lead on important issues like fighting Russian cyber-espionage and speaking out against involuntary facial recognition. Our government should be doing more on the former, but don’t get me started on that…