For them, it's always better to benefit from screwing up. If you don't get caught, yay ! If you do, apologize, wait a bit, and send your PR team go their magic. Bim, you are green again.
Why would they do otherwise if they can keep the loot and face little consequences ?
If Microsoft's sins were truly forgiven or forgotten, people wouldn't be complaining about the acquisition.
You missed people on reddit or imgur singing glory to microsoft.
They now have a fan base.
A fan base.
That's not something I would have ever imagined in the 90'.
They have always had a fan base, even during those dark times (but not as many). But seems like they worked on engaging others and now have a bigger fan base.