Contexts are everything, and a state of mind is a context too... When I read the message posted by Willatkins, I had just written a message in another thread on this forum, making fun of Microsoft. So when I read his message, I thought he was referring to those messages. Especially when I read that this would be his "first and last" appearance here; I thought he meant that he didn't like the MS-bashing atmosphere. Re-reading his post with a different mindset, I can see his intentions were probalby completely different...
MS charging money for new versions of IE is good news, I think. I always chose IE because it's a good AND free product, but as soon as that overly wealthy company starts charging me for it, I'll switch to Opera in no time flat. It's just as good if not better, and the only reason why I'm not already using it, is the money that they charge for a regular version. When IE and Opera are balanced in that respect, I prefer to support the underdog.
I think MS is guilty of a lot more than just bad timing, but as long as they keep coming up with products that increase my productivity, I won't complain.