I couldn't tell.
There are ways to arm ourselves and alternatives to IE so the issue comes down to us and not Microsoft. But that's just my opinion. Since we also have Linux, Open Office and more choices again why isn't an issue of the choices we make.
Anyhow, if this is a rant, ignore my reply but if a quest for help I can list what I did to harden Windows 2000 and maybe you;ll see why I never have a problem.
That is the penultimate question.
First of all, I'd like to ask do you prefer the "MS Sans Serif" font (the one used on the Win9x interface) or the more modern "Tahoma"? Well, I much prefer the MS Sans Serif, and I'm aware many others share the same views. Lets face it, not that many people "asked" Microsoft to use Tahoma, but I'll bet many more protested against it, or else why would it be impossible to change the fonts on some parts of Windows 2000/XP such as dialogue boxes? They are forcing us to use Tahoma because THEY want us to, whether we like it or not.
Another point is Desktop Integration/IE. Microsoft KNOW fine well that back in the days of Windows 95/IE1,2 everyone was happy. The OS was free from webby integration, used a hair of memory and was remarkably stable for the day, given the correct environments. However, when IE4 previewed and forcefully morphed Windows 95 to the hideous HTML powered Windows 98 interface, Microsoft got a lot of stick, but did they stop? No. They removed the installer from IE and further intertwined it into the OS, introducing Windows File Protection not as a benefit to you, but as a benefit to them so you are stuck with IE.
Yet another thing I hate is bundled software. Did we ASK for Outlook Express? Internet Information Services? FrontPage extensions? OLE? ActiveX? DCOM? RPC? Web Based Enterprise Management (WBEM)? COM+? DTC? Messenger?
And more importantly, did we ASK for IE? Not everyone buys a PC to browse the web. These people do not WANT a web browser bogging down their system because they simply don't need it.
I'm open to discussion, and I promise I won't bite if you say you love Microsoft. I just want to gather opinions is all, I e-mailed a questionnaire to a few contacts weeks back, and the basic message was they feel they can only use a modern computer after they have customized it to work like Windows 95, like me also. In Windows 2000, I turn off toolbars, and have only the menus and the small buttons underneath, just as in Windows 95's toolbar, along with a little address bar. Disable IE by telling it to log on to a proxy at 0.0.0.0 port 80, and use Sysinternals Autoruns utility at Sysinternals.com to turn off all WIndows OLE/DCOM/IE related junk. Use the pea-green Desktop, with no image, set icon colour displays to low, and have only 5 icons: My Docs, My Comp, Recycle, Network, IE (a bit webby, but default). Trust me, it'll run like the clappers after that.