At this point, the world benefitted because prior to IBM, there were many different operating systems, but Bill Gates was not satisfied to be known as the unifier of operating systems and instead he greedily attempted to make sure that computer programs would only run, or would run best on his own "operating system" which has "secret code" which can easily disable programs produced by others.
Bill Gates' company was finally sued for monopolistic practices by the USA, and in the first lawsuit Microsoft agreed that the definition of an operating system is the system in the computer which connects the motherboard chip of the computer to the peripherals of the computer, such as the keyboard, monitor, drives, etc. so that the main board and the peripherals are interconnected as of course they must be.
Gates consented to the definition of an "operating system" in the decree but then illegally was able to contemptuously extend the "operating system" to include other things such as Web Browsers and other desktop programs such as "Office" so that he gained even more control over the desktop and the Web Browsers, which he had not at first recognized as being potentially a big market. By contemptuously but de facto extending the definition of the operating system in this manner he was able to extend his control over the pc even more. In this illegal way he was also able to also profit from programs produced by his own company which would only run on his extended system with its secret code. His criminal extension of his monopoly into the internet and the desktop is not fooling the European powers who have ordered Gates to produce a basic, truly defined operating system upon which any other computer program may run without his interference.
Gates pretends in a showy way to be a philanthropist but he only gives about .01% of his obscene wealth to liberal charities, while in truth his criminal greed has kept computing power out of the hands of the common man because his chicanery has led him to expect and receive a big payment out of every single pc sold, so that if he keeps getting his way, none of the world's common men and women will ever be able to afford a pc of their own. His greed and avariciousness, because of these illegal, monopolistic and lawless practices, is beyond compare. That he is up to his same old tricks is shown by how he has just recently used his expanded system to keep the company Google from running its universally respected search engine on his latest system so that users can only use his own search engine on his system. What a surprise!
The USA should begin condemnation actions against his company so that computing power can truly be released to all the people. In the condemnation trial, we would hope the jury would give him and his shareholders ZERO RECOVERY because of the fact that the current position the company is in was acquired by illegal and unethical practices, and he should be jailed for contempt of court regarding the first anti-trust action where he himself agreed to the limited definition of an operating system.
When people's good deeds are counted up on judgment day, Bill Gates is sure to be one of the many that are denied entry into the renewed Garden of Eden, and he will surely be burned to a crisp because of his selfishness, lies and greed.
Bill: how much do you think your uncounted earthly riches will help you at that time? You are advised to make a public dedication of your system before it is too late.