Originally Posted by scottjl
microsoft doesn't make hardware, no common platform is their benefit and their bane.
Well, M$ don't exactly doesn't make hardware, maybe not (yet) in the fields apple has a leg in, the Zune thing is not exactly made by M$, but certainly in other fields. The best example is the Xbox 360, which it was designed by M$, their engineers came up with the whole thing and hold all the copyrights to the tech inside it.
The book Xbox 360 Uncloaked tells how the system came about.
M$ does have more than enough experience and backing to produce hardware. M$ knew well however, they believe going down the apple track has more limits than benefits. Their graphics hardware standard Direct X would not dominate as it is today if they do it differently.