Microsoft was important to me. I used to be an MCP. The last few years, I didn't have reason to keep up with what they do. Vista came and the stories about it were repetitive, there were no stories that I found compelling. So, Microsoft was important to me.
At this moment Microsoft is getting headlines that get my attention again. I learned that there will be a new version of their software, that they are still embroiled with the US government after eigth years of Republican rule. That their problems in Europe are not over either, and now they start fighting a patent war with Tom Tom.
Microsoft was important to me. Then I became indifferent. Microsoft may become important again; sad...