Yes - I reserve 92% of my ire for M$, 6% of Apple and the remainder goes to Gnome.
Not so sure you can't eradicate or at least check those weeds Bert. You just need to find/create/introduce aggressive competition for their prime resource. M$ lost the smartphone market on competition and there is no reason to think a their tablet offerings won't be as tasteless, and clunky as their other offerings. Yes they have market muscle and money. Yes they have a bag of IP patents they use to leech off of real inventions. But they have met a Waterloo in court in the US and Europe recently, and their IP has little value in China and a minor amount in India.
The history of big companies in the US is that most grow big, ossify and fail when they can't change course. A good example of an exception is IBM that has re-invent itself several times. I expect Google is a survivor as they are willing to innovate and change. M$ is a well ossified juggernaut that can do damage to whomever is in their path - but can't change path if their survival depended on it.
M$ may still dominate the desktop in 10yrs, but I'll wager it's a "who cares" issue to most end users by then.