I remember going to Atlanta once for the consumer electronics show. Word Perfect and Lotus Notes were at their peak, and Microsoft was challenging but still not there. You got a really nice umbrella for attending the Word Perfect Show.
That was maybe 20 years ago and they were selling the same things then, that they are selling today as far as group think, group do and group know.
Microsoft always is going to do this and that so great and always just hangs on longer than the rest of the folks partly because they persuade customers they have something special and just wait for MS and don't buy the other guy who then bites the dust.
I think it works because they have a knack of promising what people want to hear and seem willing to match customers expectations.
I think at this point that my hopes for W8 and especially their tablet have been dashed. MS again like with Vista and many other things tried to do too much and promised too much in order to satisfy their management and attract the public's attention.