But neither the feds nor its harshest critics in Silicon Valley ever blamed “the beast of Redmond” for helping Russia swing a presidential election or undermining democracy through the spread of lies to hundreds of millions of people.
Microsoft didn’t manipulate the personal information of users, adopt a casual attitude to the security of users’ personal information or engage in a sophisticated, scorched-earth campaign to cover its tracks and stifle criticism.
No, that had to wait a few years. For Facebook.
Compared with Mark Zuckerberg’s social-media monster, the beast of Redmond — which today is the one member of Big Tech to have achieved respectability among former critics — was a mere lamb.