Originally Posted by HarryT
I must respectfully disagree. Many of Microsoft's corporate products, such as SQL Server, Exchange Server, Sharepoint Server, Commerce Server, etc, are leaders in their fields. A very high proportion of the largest companies in the world run their e-mail systems on Exchange Server, their databases on SQL Server, and their information systems on Sharepoint.
These products may not be familiar to the "man in the street", but they are highly commercially successful products.
Indeed. Any one of those generate a lot more profit than entire companies.
The fabled "man in the street" should, however, be at least somewhat aware of a certain 70-million-unit-and counting XBOX 360 business that is generating a few hundred million in profits a year. Which gives them a solid platform in the techie war for access to the living room, which is far more than other companies have achieved with their "hobbies" so far.
As to the Surface tablets, they'll find their natural markets soon enough.
Like in hospitals the world over, among other places: