swa66 - 6:13 pm on Dec 27, 2012 (gmt 0)
Windows 8: business users are doing their downgrade thing, so they -for now- have no trouble with it, but aren't using it either. Home users: well they're out of luck.
Windows 8 is really bad, but I'll let somebody else explain it: [youtube.com...]
IE: MSFT only won the browser wars against netscape by tricking the masses to use IE and by people making websites at the time falling for the "made for IE" stupidity. Today people are smarter when it comes to browsers and if you still try to surf the web on an obsolete IE version, well you expect things to break badly as most of us can't be bothered by 5 different versions of the same broken browser that each needs their own set of fixes - while all the other browsers "just work".
XBOX: never owned one, nor any intention of ever looking at owning one.
So really the one thing they have left is Office. And it's a big one that nobody currently seems to be willing to tackle outright. Of course there's iWork on the mac, OpenOffice etc. but a true challenge: no they're not. iWork could be a true challenger - all Apple has to do is to release it for Windows ... but that would probably cause retaliation by blocking Apple products from getting (newer) versions of Office - monopolies are like that: evil.