Well, Guys, it seems to me that Antares686 is simply restating what Steve said, to wit:
"I think the IDEA of .NET is great. However, I am skeptical of the security and programming of the MS people as THE END ALL tool. They have a poor track record and often cause issues because they want a proprietary system.. . .Lastly, I am concerned that C# and VB.NET do not produce the same CLR. Never got a good answer why not, but it will still lead to some people choosing one language over the other because there will be a performance difference."
with a different emphasis, that of the current legal environment. The fact that MS could blithely go about creating a new yet eerily similar software situation to the one that put them in the INTERNATIONAL hot water they are currently in may be business as usual but improper all the same.
As for the software, we will all probably end up using it for the same reasons we end up using most of MS's other products--it has market share and appears easy to use. (Easy until you have to deal with all the omissions, bugs and "proprietary" techniques, that is.)