Although my income comes from working with Microsoft product +Paul Pavlinovich
, it not too early to say MS is now rudderless. I have Windows 8 for beta install and have dutifully created an installable USB stick and quite well know how to make a .VHD file system but I have done it for a month. The boat anchor Outlook is heavily used by corporates particularly because of Shared Folders that Google Apps Email for business does not do, but other than that feature, as a PIM, it is losing ground because WMP (Windows Mobile Phones) are dead in the man-on-the-street sphere. There is news of a Nokia Lumia selling for USD 99 but it has not reached Australia and I have no awareness of any app or $5 buck per app market. The phone business is somehow linked by association to the Windows business and the Office business although very strong, is losing the personal touch. When was the last time anyone showed your a wow Word, Excel or Access trick (and I teach them). Sharepoint has become another Lotus Notes - all promise of empowerment to the user but actually tightly supervised by corporate IT.
I hope to be more optimistic. I do.