Survey says Microsoft has the best reputation

Microsoft has gained some serious bragging rights this week and it wasn't even from its launch of the Windows Vista operating system. According to the recently completed poll by Harris Interactive and the Wall Street Journal, the company topped the charts for corporate reputation, narrowly beating out Johnson and Johnson which has held the number one spot for seven years.

7,886 Americans were asked what two companies had the best reputation and what companies had the worst reputations. Factors like social responsibility, financial performance and emotional appeal were ranked.

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Maybe people will wake up in the future and realise that Microsoft aint all that bad. And the more focus people put on Microsoft, the less focus gets put on the other evil company's (Google, Apple) activities.... Simply put, get off the bandwagon and develop your own opinion.

The first comment was stupid and pointless WGA?

Ever think of the MILLIONS and MILLIONS they donate each year, I belive they should be holding #1 spot just for that.

There making the world a better place, even if it comes at the cost of your computer checking if your running a valid windows copy once in a while.

I hope no one here will draw up the mentality that being rich makes you an automatic evil tyrant and any charitable thing you ever do in your life is just buying PR for yourself.

So far, so good here.

Isnt that some sort of an oxymoron...

I am nobody's fanboy.... They don't literally s**t on their competition like some companies (**** you, Steve Jobs)....Linux snobs s**t on them because their products are not customizable enough, and little old grandmas s**t on them because their products are too customizable, with too many overwhelming options. Idiots s**t on them for computer problems that are totally 3rd-party invoked. Leet hackers and other Linux snobs s**t on them because they don't want to pay for anything in life.

Maybe not... nevermind then.

No, I s**t on them because of crappy OS's. I have nothing against Microsoft's business, I think they do a fine job. I think all these lawsuits against them are nuts. I never understood why others complain because they include software with their OS. To me, that is like complaining that the Honda I bought came with a Honda steering wheel! I should be able to choose the steering wheel I want in it. Well, I could, if I want to pay extra to get a new steering wheel and install it, I could. Just like if I want to use a different piece of software.
I even like some of their products. I think Streets and Trips is the best mapping/routing software there is. I use Microsoft mice and keyboards. I even have one of my computers as a dual boot, with XP on it, though I rarely use it.
As a company, I think they are fine. As an author of OS's, they are terrible.
I am a fan of OSS, though. I do believe if I buy/get a piece of software, I should be able to do what I want with it, within the law, meaning I can alter the software to better suit me, but I can't use it to distribute kiddie porn.

Croquant said,
Here's how polling works:
Company commissions a poll.
If said poll does not reflect well upon said company, said pol is not released and a new poll is commissioned that is designed to garner more positive responses for said company; repeat ad nausium.
When the Company finaly gets a poll result they feel is worth releasing, they trumpet it as if it was the only poll they ever commissioned. You and I never get to see the results of the other polls that were commissioned.

Now, how much do you wanna bet that Microsoft commissioned this poll?

*******, did you READ the article? Or just the title? I quote:
According to the recently completed poll by Harris Interactive and the Wall Street Journal, the company topped the charts for corporate reputation, narrowly beating out Johnson and Johnson which has held the number one spot for seven years.
I hope I do not need to explain.... :rolleyes:

Damn fanboys. **** on Linux or OS X and they **** on Microsoft, and 99% of the time without a legitimate reason.

guylaroche said,
Dumbass, did you READ the article? Or just the title? I quote: I hope I do not need to explain.... :rolleyes:

Damn fanboys. **** on Linux or OS X and they **** on Microsoft, and 99% of the time without a legitimate reason.


Hey, flamebait:
It says the poll was COMPLETED by the Wall Street Journal and Harris Interactive. It doesn't say who COMMISIONED the poll. So shut your pie hole.

Croquant said,

Hey, flamebait:
It says the poll was COMPLETED by the Wall Street Journal and Harris Interactive. It doesn't say who COMMISIONED the poll. So shut your pie hole.

Are you retarted? It blatently states that this is not some new poll. beating out Johnson and Johnson which has held the number one spot for seven years. So now you'll say Johnson and Johnson must have commisioned the poll for the last seven years.

Shadowdruid said,

Are you retarted? It blatently states that this is not some new poll. beating out Johnson and Johnson which has held the number one spot for seven years. So now you'll say Johnson and Johnson must have commisioned the poll for the last seven years.

LOL! No doubt....

What did you expect?... This is from the Wall Street Journal people! It would be nice to see the same poll done buy a respectable industry rag. I'd be willing to bet that MS would rate towards the very bottom next to spam, SCO and Claria/Gator.

lbmouse said,
What did you expect?... This is from the Wall Street Journal people! It would be nice to see the same poll done buy a respectable industry rag. I'd be willing to bet that MS would rate towards the very bottom next to spam, SCO and Claria/Gator.
Why? This isn't a tech-specific survey... Unless Johnson & Johnson make computers or software :p. Your issue with the article is that you're (probably) either a Linux or OS X fanboy, and can't stand people that like Microsoft as a corporation.

In other words, lbmouse is just frustrated because it's not Apple. Apple should just win the top award for everything, I think

guylaroche said,
Why? This isn't a tech-specific survey... Unless Johnson & Johnson make computers or software :p. Your issue with the article is that you're (probably) either a Linux or OS X fanboy, and can't stand people that like Microsoft as a corporation.

I'm just making a comparison between the financial world (WSJ's arena) and the technological one (Neowin/my arena). From my personal experience, Microsoft is much more respected for making profits in the financial industry than they are for making innovative/quality products in the technology sectors.

In the end, it is just a company that just makes tools. That is it, nothing more. To answer your very wrong assumption, I allow my developers to use whatever tool is right for the job. It doesn't matter what company name is on the box. If you allow yourself to be blinded by 'brand loyalty', you are just shooting yourself in the foot. Do I agree with all of MS's tactics and business practices? No. Does this prevent me from using their tools? No.

To answer your question C-Guy: I don't own anything Apple (but I don't have anything against the company... again, it's just a company) and the last time I operated one, it was an Apple ][e.

C_Guy said,
In other words, lbmouse is just frustrated because it's not Apple. Apple should just win the top award for everything, I think :rolleyes:

Let's leave the trolling anti-Apple crap out. You don't like Apple and you are entitled to that opinion. But there's no place for it in a news story about Microsoft.

The point of this article is that MS isn't "just a company" nor is it limited to their impact on the "tech arena." Normal companies just make a lot money. MS makes a lot of money, and then donates billions of dollars of that money to save hundreds of thousands of lives. Every year.

That's a lot better, IMO, than bringing integrated search to market first, or making a better mp3 player, or having more customizable features. Whatever, at the end of the day, they're just mindless (cool, but mindless) features. I really like computers; I read this site almost every day. But I'm not so blinded by comparing different OS companies that I lose sight of the fact that MS is the only one of those companies making real positive changes to things outside the tech industry.

I've always wondered: say if MS was in Apple's position, and Apple was the company dominating the computer market. Would Jobs ever get into this charitable work on a scale equal to what Gates is doing today or would he just sit on his ass and laugh his way through life?

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