3) In many countries the ICT (or equivalent) cirruculum was written around the software from our "friends" over at Redmond.
I'd be interested to know which countries. It's certainly not the case in the UK.
Given [Microsoft's] track record, they will try all sorts of tactics to keep them out of schools as much as possible.
Like what? Heavily discount and give away their software to schools and students? Provide free training and resources for teachers? Partner and support bodies whose goal it is to improve tech education? Bring out their own little cheap PC? They do all of these things already. (Except the little PC thing, which would be fantastic ) Anything that exposes more kids to programming - and gives them access to computing - is openly welcomed by the Foundation.
Microsoft is committed to support the teaching and learning of ICT and computing (they support Computing as School for instance, who have been instrumental in getting the teaching of Computing in the UK overhauled ). The whole 'MS is evil' thing is a bit last century TBH.