Uday Reddy wrote:
> Microsoft never made any complete systems. They started out as sellers of
> compilers and made their name as the *suppliers* of DOS to IBM. When IBM's
> monopoly ended and the PC became an open architecture, they became suppliers to
> us. So, they do not have ownership of the PC or the keyboard that goes with
> it. Their assertion of ownership to a pair of modifier keys, whose idea has
> been long in existence before their birth even, is illegitimate.
the way i'm guessing how the Win logo became common in PC keyboard is this:
Microsoft invented the key and logo (probably influenced by Apple), and place it on the keyboard they manufacture, as well integrated in their OS for use of that key. Perhaps in a year or two, other keyboard manufactures, in competition with Microsoft's hardware department, also wanted to have that key, because MS's OS is very popular.
i'm not sure if there's anything explicitly sinister about how it came to became so popular.
keyboard manufactures do not have to make keyboard with that key or logo. Daz, Happy Hacker keyboards, Optimus, Kinesis, sell versions of keyboard that don't have the win logo. ( photo & link: http://xahlee.org/emacs/keyboards_hacker_idiocy.html )
though it'd be nice if someone knows about this history and tell us.