It strikes me that it's about time that people who feel the way you do stopped supporting Microsoft by using their products.
You make it sound so easy, this is the problem with a monopoly in that it is difficult to find a product from another supplier, manufacture to do the job.
Tell me where i could get another Os to do what I want?
Linux is all fine for browsing and writing a letter and for a few other things,k but sadly the software is not really there for most things and Apple OSx is fine apart from, the fact it will only work on Apple products and they are over priced.
So take the blinkers off your pro-Microsoft eyes
Desktop machine now powered by windows 8 pro 64bit, no dreaded metro and Linux , laptop by Linux