Answer by Joel Oleson:
I've had the opportunity to sit in a small room while working at Slate Magazine
a property of Microsoft at the time) sitting face to face in a small round table interview with Bill Gates in 1998. In the heat of the DOJ activity here we were in a room of Microsoft employees, plus a couple of political pundits writers in the room. One of them threw a hard ball at Bill, and not only did he stand up and swear and possibly even stamp his feet he defended his integrity and you could feel it in his response.
Bill believes in his heart he was right. He didn't feel like he stole ideas from Apple. He was making a difference and innovating.
While at Microsoft I spent time in Marketing and IT. While in IT at Microsoft I spent time in the boardroom with both Bill and Steve, and you could see how they ran the business. Business was a very personal.
Microsoft is it's employees, and integrity and legal review is part of the culture. Microsoft is focused on being first and best. If they can't be first and best, they want to be coolest. They aren't afraid to compete and outlast the rest. There is required internal training for all departments around trustworthiness, legality and ethics.
In my years in the industry I haven't seen a company more focused on ethics than Microsoft. That doesn't dismiss the energy, passion and ability and focus to beat the competition.
How "corrupt" is Microsoft?