The US government, as well as 19 state governments and a slew of foriegn ones, has spent tens (maybe hundreds) of millions of dollars slamming the Microsoft monopoly. They got a few weak orders, and Microsoft still stands, relatively the same as it was.
It took ragtag teams of software engineers to create Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, OpenOffice, FreeBSD, Perl, Python, Eclipse, and on and on and on. As Jeff Matthews so aptly points out, some of the most creative applications around likely aren’t using Microsoft products at all. They are likely using the “stuff” mentioned above.
A politician once took credit for the internet. I wonder how long until one tries taking credit for open source.