I’m fairly vocal about my opinion of Microsoft products. They have never made a single that is better than the competition, except maybe C#, but only maybe.
IE vs Safari vs Opera vs Chrome vs Firefox: Chrome or Firefox win
Office vs iWork vs LibreOffice = iWork wins
Windows vs OS X vs Linux = Linux wins with OS X a close second
However, they have finally made a product that is I would use over the competition, and most developers I talk to agree.