@Yardgames: Your perception is correct. I don't approve of Microsoft's dominance, nd their software (in my opinion) isn't all that good. In fact, I am generally against the concept of hegemony. I am only using windows because Macs are a ball-ache to use. The only other MS software I use is that of Office 2003 (but not Outlook - Mozilla Thunderbird is much better).
Using alternaitve software whenever possible is like my own little rebellion against the giant that is MS. Not exactly Marxism, I know; but at least my heart is in the right place.
@Admin - I have always been a huge fan of minimalism.