The world is changing.
MSFT has been missing the boat for quite some time, analysts are finally seeing it.
It seems to me MSFT is still not grasping the severity of their problems. And I think their proposed solution is actually going to make it even worse.
The world changed (the slower ones are still catching up, but the early adopters -where the money is- have changed).
Traditional business and consumer users are further apart than ever when if comes to "computers", moreover Microsoft is alienating rapidly their traditional allies (the PC vendors) in exchange for not even making a dent in the market of the new products the consumers love and buy.
Less traditional businesses are rapidly changing in how they work and what they buy. That is if they buy: BOYD means the consumers will chose what hardware and software gets used inside businesses just as well.
The big exception are content producers - traditionally not a market where Microsoft had much clout. But by extension us webmasters are more and more in the category of producers and not consumers anymore. It'll take time before we all grasp the full consequences of this. But I expect us to better get ready to get off of the platforms the cosumer like and buy - and instead foresee a considerably larger budget for our much less popular and mass market hardware and software needs of the future.
What the world desperately needs is a decent competitor for the office suite that's not a (poor) copycat like openoffice, But a real alternative that can take the world. Something more what Apple's iWork suite could be if it only were multi-platform and sold in other ways than the app store. Good enough for 99.9% of the uses, much more intuitive and simple to use while not lacking any power features and at a price point where everybody can afford it.