If they hold to their track record, this is just the first 2 steps of the MS takeover style: Embrace, Extend, Extinguish
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embrace,_ ... extinguish
Intentionally driving out all others to create your own monopoly is, at best, selfish. It's pretty much the corporate version of gentrification. As far as whether that's evil or cunning, it's a moot point. I'm probably getting on a tangent here, but the Better World Shopper
(a public research project for ethical consumers) has graded Microsoft as F, "These companies have the worst
social and enviromental records in the industry". This is worse than D, "These engage in practices that have significant negative impacts on people and the planet". It doesn't go into detail on their website, but I've got the book at home. I'll check it and post some more details when I get home, assuming I don't forget, but they're involved in some truly terrible things - as are most major corporations, sadly. Ethically speaking, Microsoft is evil. That's not to say that everything they do is evil, but "doing good" simply doesn't remove the evil that they also do.
Just my $0.02 USD
(I must sound like a hippie now, haha!)
EDIT - Got off work early today.
Anyway, in the Computers & Accessories category, Microsoft is labelled "Corporate Villain", which means they're the worst of the worst. Better World Shopper cites these reasons:
* F for overall social responsibility
* Named "abusive monopoly" by US Court
* Paid $150 million to Washington lobbyists
* Greenpeace "Green Electronics Laggard"
* Refuses disclosure on its businesses